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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Comparing Ice Skating Equipment in the Lab

What types of measurements are ideal for understanding ice skating? Take a moment to write down a list of at least four types of data to collect and compare. What types of equipment are necessary to measure each type? What physics concepts are relevant?

Many types of interesting data are available for comparison in the book The Science of Ice Skating: Volume 1 (Extended Edition) from Schottenbauer Publishing. Data include position, velocity, acceleration, and force for the following equipment:

  • Surface Types
    • Ice
    • Synthetic Ice
      • Wet
      • Dry
  • Skate Types
    • Bob Skates
    • Child Double-Runner Skates
    • Hockey Skates
      • Youth
      • Adult
    • Figure Skates
      • 2 Sizes
      • 2 Types of Blades
  • Blade Preparation
    • Sharpened
    • Unsharpened
  • Skate Mass
    • None
    • Added 2.5 pounds of weight

Additional types of data include:
  • Hockey Puck Motion
  • Vertical Motions (Force)
    • Stepping
    • Jumping
  • Skate Support for Ankles (Force)
  • Ice Melting (Temperature)

Free sample graphs are available in a free pamphlet from the publisher's webpage.