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Books in the series: Science of the Summer Olympics

The Science Behind Gymnastics

The Science Behind Gymnastics

Author: L. E. Carmichael Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Behind every jump, spin and flip of Olympic gymnastics, science is at work. Centrifugal force is at work in a midair spin and a strong centre of gravity is involved in balance beam routines. Newton's Third Law of Motion springs into action as a gymnast flies into the air in the vaulting event. Find out how science is involved in all your favourite gymnastics events and how gymnasts take science into account as they chase the gold medal.

The Science Behind Swimming, Diving and Other Water Sports

The Science Behind Swimming, Diving and Other Water Sports

Author: Amanda Lanser Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Behind the flips, splashes and speed of Olympic water sports, science is at work. Gravity and centrifugal force are in play as a diver spins and flips before splashing into the water. Olympic swimmers shave their bodies to reduce drag as they zip through the water. Find out how science is involved in all your favourite water events and how athletes take science into account in their quest for the gold medal.

The Science Behind Athletics

The Science Behind Athletics

Author: Lisa J. Amstutz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

Behind every long stride, high-flying pole vault and perfectly controlled discus throw, science is at work. As a high jumper takes off, potential energy is converted into kinetic energy. A discus thrower builds up momentum while spinning. Find out how science is involved in Olympic track and field events and how athletes take science into account in their quest for the gold medal.

The Science Behind Football, Volleyball, Cycling and Other Popular Sports

The Science Behind Football, Volleyball, Cycling and Other Popular Sports

Author: Stephanie Watson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

Behind every Summer Olympic scoring football kick, tennis-ball bounce and hard-hitting volleyball serve, science is at work. The type of kick used on a football affects its path. An equestrian leans forward during a jump to help the horse balance. Cyclists wear tight clothing to reduce drag. Find out how science is involved in several popular Summer Olympic events and how athletes take science into account in their quest for the gold medal.