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Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
Find out why wind resistance is a big drag for bicyclists, and use our calculator to estimate drag for yourself.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
What are the best materials for frames? What are the best designs?
Find the answers to common Sport! Science questions.
Identify misalignments in your body by looking at your feet.
Your worn shoe soles reveal whether your feet roll excessively from side to side as you walk.
The 18,000-foot Mt. Parinacota presents some fitness challenges for climbers.
Find out why balls bounce--or fail to bounce.
A rock-climbing physicist explores the mechanics of his hands.
This series of activities explores those handiest of appendages, your hands.
Learn about the most important piece of equipment-- your feet!
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Find out about bicycle brakes and balance, and calculate your stopping distance on a bicycle.
Explore the important engineering concepts of yield strength, ultimate strength, and elasticity as they relate to building a better bicycle.
A bicycle, masking tape, paper, pencil, and a little curiosity are all you need to find out how the gears of a bicycle work.
Learn about bike gears using thread spools and a rubber band.
Why is the bicycle the most efficient way to travel? Explore bicycle science and culture.
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
It's not just the moon that causes ocean tides.
Use live data to make your own wave predictions, wherever you are.
Want to understand how to predict when the good waves are coming to your shore? It helps to start with the basics behind the formation of ocean waves.
A little physics can go a long way on that shortboard.
In this activity, students make bridges using an oil-based modeling clay (plasticene).
The Physics of Skateboarding Tricks
To understand how skaters turn in midair, try this little experiment.
Are you quick enough to hit a 90 mph fastball?
Is it just a glorified plank with roller skate wheels on it? Or is it a highly engineered device through which kids have reclaimed the urban landscape, bringing creativity and style back to the sterile asphalt spaces of sprawl?
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