Monday, August 8, 2016

The Physics of Olympic Sports

The 2016 Olympics got underway over the weekend. I was thrilled to see the U.S. men win a second consecutive silver medal in archery on Saturday afternoon. Speaking of archery, CK-12 has a great set of physics simulations about archery and eleven other Olympic sports. The simulations are available to view in your web browser or in the free CK-12 Android and iOS apps.

Applications for Education
As the image of the archery simulation illustrates, each of the Olympic sports simulations provide students with an opportunity to test the physics concepts used in each sport. When students select one of the sports in CK-12's list of simulations they can read about and or watch the concepts in action before using the simulators to apply the concepts.