Instructional Video

Science of the Winter Olympic Games: Physics of Slope-Style Skiing

Many mechanical phenomena are explained by a physics professor using Nick Goepper, a Winter Olympics 2014 slope-style skier, as the model. Beginning with kinetic and potential energy, the professor goes on to explain angular momentum and moment of inertia. This short film is a fresh and exciting way to introduce your physicists to these concepts. It is ideal for introducing and building interest in your mechanics unit, and takes a cross-curricular perspective on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic games!


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CCSS: Adaptable
  • High-quality footage by the National Science Foundation
  • A hot new extreme sport adds excitement to physics concepts
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Common Core