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Gliding for Gold
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As anyone from cold climates knows, frequently occurring ice and snow lead to a special appreciation of sports such as skiing, sledding, and skating. Prolific physics popularizer Mark Denny’s take on winter athletics lays out the physical principles that govern glaciated game play. After discussing the physical properties of ice and snow and how physics describes sliding friction and aerodynamic drag, Denny applies these concepts to such sports as bobsledding, snowboarding, and curling. He explains why clap skates would only hinder hockey players, how a curling rock curls, the forces that control luge speed, how steering differs in skiing and snowboarding, and much more. With characteristic accuracy and a touch of wit, Denny provides fans, competitors, and coaches with handy, applicable insight into the games they love. His separate section of technical notes offers an original and mathematically rigorous exploration of the key aspects of winter sports physics. A physics-driven exploration of sports played on ice and snow that is truly fun and informative, Gliding for Gold is the perfect primer for understanding the science behind cold weather athletics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. The Start Lines
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 1. Solid Water—Sports and Science
  2. pp. 4-26
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  1. PART I. Ice Sports
  2. pp. 27-28
  1. 2. Skating on Thin Ice
  2. pp. 29-54
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  1. 3. Down the Slippery Slope
  2. pp. 55-76
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  1. 4. Pucks and Rocks
  2. pp. 77-92
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  1. PART II. Snow Sports
  2. pp. 93-94
  1. 5. Skiing—On the Slopes and on the Level
  2. pp. 95-113
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  1. 6. Ski Jumping and Snowboarding—On Snow and Air
  2. pp. 114-140
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  1. The Finish Lines
  2. pp. 141-144
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  1. Ponderables
  2. pp. 145-148
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  1. Technical Notes
  2. pp. 149-178
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 179-184
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 185-189
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