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Physics of Ice Hockey



Until I took physics, I never thought that there could be science involved. I used to just watch my brother and all of his friends play hockey and think it was so cool how with a little bit of force, they could hit a puck so far. There is physics in ice hockey in many different forms. For example, if one of the players hits the puck, the puck automatically has a velocity, depending on how hard he hit it, and follows a parabolic shape if it comes off the ice until it hits the ice again. When the puck reaches its highest point, its velocity becomes zero because for a split second it stops before the acceleration due to gravity forces it to come back down to the ice. If the hockey player wanted to hit the puck the farthest distance, he/she would have to hit it up at a forty five degree angle. This allows for maximum distance because there is a balanced ratio of time the puck is the air vertically and horizontally. Unfortunately, hockey is an extremely fast game and it would take time, and a lot of practice, to get the puck to go exactly forty five degrees up!


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