The Physics of Sports

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Primary Chapters

1) Warm-up: Basic concepts

2) Racing, Mathematically

3) Net Force: Dwight Howard illustrates

4) Punts, the Fosbury Flop, and Other Projectile Motions

5) Curveballs, Foul Shots, and Bent Kicks

6) Game Changers: Collisions in Sports

7) Energy in Sports: Bursts of Power

8) Energy and Timing in Elastic Equipment

9) The Physics of Cycling

10) Twisting Athletes in Flight

Supplementary Chapters

11) Lines of Action on the Line of Scrimmage: The Torque Wars

12) A Barry Bonds Home Run

13) The Pole Vault

14) Is It Better to Run through First Base or to Dive?

A - Unit Conversions

B - Tables of Relevant Physical Properties

Further Reading

Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems