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Physics of Ice Skating



The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are approaching quickly. Along with a multitude of events, one of the competitions will be about ice skating. Many people recognize ice skating as a graceful sport, but what many don't realize is how much it has to do with physics. For one thing, ice has a comparatively low level of friction, making it easier for them to skate. This also applies to Newton's First Law of Motion (that an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside source) as the ice skaters stay in motion unless they use force to stop themselves. In short there is a lot more to ice skating than most people would think.


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