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Physics of Diving Into the Pool



This weekend while I was at some pretty big swim meets, I found myself taking into consideration how physics applies when you hear the starter and you dive into the pool. For starters, you have potential energy as you are crouching on the block in your start position. When you hear the buzzer, you immediately transfer that into kinetic energy as you dive into the water, which brings us to the next example. When you hear the buzzer and you launch yourself into the pool, you are a projectile, moving at an angle. Lastly, when diving in, your goal is to get the greatest dispacement outwards rather than down, to give yourself a racing advantage.


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