The Science of Sports
Have you ever wondered:
- What makes a curveball curve?
- How does the body convert food into energy for muscles?
- Why is a tennis serve faster than a baseball pitch?
- How do they measure the speed of a fastball?
- How does an outfielder know where a fly ball will land?
- What makes muscles work?
- Why do the clap-skates make speed skaters faster?
- How do they light up the puck in NHL TV coverage?
- What's going on when we swim?
- What determines our reaction time?
- Why are sprinters so much faster than marathoners?
- Can a piece of tape over the bridge of the nose really increase performance?
- How significant are statistics given in basketball or baseball telecasts?
- Why do we sweat?
Science provides answers to questions like these through a few powerful
principles. That's what this course is about.
No prerequisites. Intended for non-physics and non-biology majors, but open
Format: mix of classroom lecture/discussion and experiments.
Evaluation based on short summaries of reading assignments, and on classroom
and lab participation (10 hours per week).
Instructors: D. Aalberts and S. Swoap