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Physics of the ski jump

dspaker

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With the Winter Olympics approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss the physics of a few of my favorite winter sports. My first favorite is the ski jump. The 2014 Winter Olympics is the debut for the women's ski jump. How exciting? Some of the physics of the ski jump include kinematics and gravity and ramps and inclines. The skier jumps off of a huge ramp and flies through the air until they touch the ground. There is friction that occurs between the skis and the ramp while the skier is accelerating down the ramp. The force of gravity is present throughout the jump but it is the only force acting on the skier after he or she leaves the ramp. Kinematic equations can be used to find the velocity, horizontal or vertical distance, acceleration or time of the jump. The force of gravity on the skier can be found by multiplying the mass of the skier by their acceleration. As you can see there are so many ways to apply physics to fun things.



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