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Sports science : 40 goal-scoring, high-flying, medal-winning experiments for kids
Wiese, Jim, 1948-
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Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [2002]

Physical Description:
vi, 122 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Electronic Access:
Table of contents
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QC26 .W54 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Dive headfirst into the science behind sports----and come up awinner!
* Have you ever wondered if there's a secret to stopping a soccerball, why ice skates have metal blades, or how a boat can sail intothe wind?
* Would you like to learn to balance like a gymnast, how to improveyour free-throw ability, or how to swim like a shark?
* Are you looking for exciting ideas for your next science fairproject?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then SportsScience is for you! From basketball to biking to snowboarding andmore, you'll discover the science behind all your favorite sports.Dozens of fun-filled activities help you see for yourself how abatter can hit a 90-mile-an-hour pitch, why a "spiral" is the bestway to throw a football, how the surface of a ball affects itsbounce, and much, much more. All of the projects are safe and easyto do, and all you need is everyday stuff from around the house. Sotake the plunge and get ready for Sports Science fun!

Author Notes

Jim Wiese is a science teacher and an educational consultant for non-profit organizations. He is the author of the popular kids' science activity books Movie Science, Roller Coaster Science, Rocket Science, Detective Science, Cosmic Science, and many more.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
How to Use This Bookp. 1
Being a Good Scientistp. 1
Increasing Your Understandingp. 2
Using This Book to Do a Science Fair Projectp. 2
A Word of Warningp. 3
1 Getting in the Zone: Starting Rightp. 5
Project 1 Think Fastp. 6
Project 2 On the Levelp. 9
Project 3 Dreaming of Greatnessp. 11
Project 4 Cross Overp. 13
Project 5 Learning New Tricksp. 16
2 Flying High!: Ball Sportsp. 19
Project 1 Throw It Higherp. 20
Project 2 Throw It Fartherp. 22
Project 3 Curveballp. 24
Project 4 Stable Spinp. 27
Project 5 Dimplesp. 28
Project 6 Heading Rightp. 31
Project 7 Soft Bouncep. 34
Project 8 Follow the Bouncing Ballp. 36
Project 9 Fuzz Ballp. 40
Project 10 The Big Mop. 42
3 Slipping and Sliding: Blade, Ski, and Board Sportsp. 45
Project 1 Skating on Thin Icep. 46
Project 2 Speedy Spinp. 49
Project 3 Taking Offp. 51
Project 4 Giving Them the Slipp. 54
Project 5 Stable Basep. 57
4 Rolling Right Along: Wheel Sportsp. 61
Project 1 Turning Aroundp. 62
Project 2 Gearing Upp. 65
Project 3 Caught in the Draftp. 67
Project 4 Keep on Rolling Alongp. 70
Project 5 Pumpingp. 72
Project 6 Jump into Historyp. 74
5 Splish, Splash: Water Sportsp. 77
Project 1 Water Skinp. 78
Project 2 Riding the Wavesp. 80
Project 3 Row, Row, Row Your Boatp. 83
Project 4 Shapes and Speedp. 85
Project 5 Sailing into the Windp. 88
Project 6 Down Underp. 90
Project 7 Swim Like a Sharkp. 93
6 Jumping, Climbing, Frisbee, and More: Other Fun Sportsp. 97
Project 1 Skydivingp. 98
Project 2 High Jumpingp. 100
Project 3 The Frisbeep. 103
Project 4 Climbing Highp. 106
Project 5 Climbing to the Topp. 109
Project 6 Sweet Spotp. 111
Project 7 The Chopp. 113
Glossaryp. 117
Indexp. 119