The book of wildly spectacular sports science

by Connolly, Sean, 1956-

Format: Print Book 2016
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Summary

Why does a knuckleball flutter? Why do belly flops hurt so much? Why would a quarterback prefer a deflated football?

Here are 54 all-star experiments that demonstrate the scientific principles powering a wide variety of sports and activities--and offer insights that can help you improve your own athletic skills. How does a black belt karate chop her way through a stack of bricks? Use Popsicle sticks to understand why it's possible and learn the role played by Newton's second law of motion. Does LeBron James really float through the air on the way to a dunk? Use a tennis ball, a paperback book, and the help of a friend to understand the science of momentum and the real meaning of hang time. Using common household objects, each project includes step-by-step instructions, tips, and a detailed explanation of how and why the experiment worked. It's a win-win.

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat--it's all in the science.

Contents
Bat and ball sports
Goals and field goals
Indoor sports
Winter sports
On the move outside
Rackets and clubs
Aquatic sports.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Here the author of several volumes with rousing titles like The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science (2010) offers 54 quick-and-easy, small-scale demonstrations of various physical laws and principles linked (sometimes tenuously) to sports. Each entry features a warning note, but aside from jumping off a chair or catching a falling egg, the activities are low risk. They range from simply turning on a faucet and observing that the stream narrows (which represents Bernoulli's principle) to constructing a rubber band trebuchet (actually a catapult) to show torque and momentum in action. Except, perhaps, for the brave adult, required for one set-up involving a playground swing, and a cinder block, the materials and components are common household items. The demos open with examples of historical athletic feats to get young experimenters in the mood, and then go on to lists of materials, step-by-step directions with line-drawn illustrations, and, finally, clear explanations of the relevant physics. Along with being fun, most of these could be developed into presentable elementary science projects.--Peters, John Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In the fourth title in the series that began with The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science, Connolly gets at the science behind sports with 54 experiments designed to provide answers to questions like "What Makes a Frisbee Fly?" while introducing such concepts as lift, drag, propulsion, friction, kinetic energy, and mass. The experiments are a mix of physically active (using a playground seesaw to explore the torque involved in a snowboarder's flip) and rainy day friendly (a pen, putty, and DVD help demonstrate the angular momentum of a football spiral pass). The chatty tone, clear scientific explanations, and broad range of athletics discussed mean there's something here for just about every kind of sports fan. Ages 9-up. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Sports sciences -- Juvenile literature.
Sports -- Experiments -- Juvenile literature.
Science -- Experiments -- Juvenile literature.
Physics -- Experiments -- Juvenile literature.
Balls (Sporting goods) -- Experiments -- Juvenile literature.
Sports sciences.
Sports -- Experiments.
Science -- Experiments.
Physics -- Experiments.
Experiments.
Publisher New York :2016
Contributors Thomas, Chad, illustrator.
Audience Ages 9 and up.
Language English
Notes "54 all-star experiments"--Cover.
Description xi, 243 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780761189282
0761189289
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