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Ice Skating


srossi14

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With winter comes cold temperatures and winter sports. Ice-skating is just one of many different winter sports that require attaching ourselves to small blades and boards.  Ice-skating involves a lot of physics, both basic and more in depth. Simply put, ice skating works because of the low amount of friction between the ice and the blade. The low amount of friction means that the force of friction slowing the skater down is minimal. A person can gain speed by applying a force to the ice through the blade. This perpendicular force to the surface of the ice allows speed to be gained easily. The greater the force, the greater the acceleration, and the greater velocity that can be achieved. Another interesting part about figure skates is the shape of the blade, flat on the bottom with sharp edges. The flat area allows the skate to glide on the ice, and the blade allows the blade to dig into the ice and change direction, which makes ice-skating relatively easy. One thing that is still a bit unclear is why it's easier to walk on ice on tiny little blades than in shoes…

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