Aerial Physics—Science of the Winter Olympics

Take a leap into the science of motion! An intriguing lesson explains how Newton's third law of motion allows skiers to turn in mid-air. The narrator gives learners skills to practice on their own.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pause the video to have your class attempt the twists explained in the video
  • As an assessment, ask pupils to describe how freestyle skiers apply Newton's third law of motion
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires previous work with Newton's laws of motion

  • Consults actual Olympic skiers to explain the physics concepts
  • Videos analyze aerial ski jumps for physics concepts

  • None