‚ÄčThe laws of skateboarding


By: Tyler Blohm

Question: How do the laws of motion effect skateboarding?

info: Newtons third law of motion is a great description of how a skateboarder does his (or her) tricks. when the skateboarder pops the tail of the board the ground or ramp has an opposite and equal reaction to the board. Also the shoes skateboarders use are made to have greater friction with the board so the skateboarder has better control. There are three main forces that effect skateboarding are the weight of the skateboarder, the force of the skateboard on the ground, and the force of the ground on the skateboard. The law of Conservation of angular momentum states that if you are rotating you will stay rotating unless a twisting force stops you. This law is the direct reason why skateboarders can perform tricks that involve rotating such as the, frontside 180, backside 360, and the caballerial flip.

Bibliography: http://www.can-do.com/uci/lessons99/skateboard.html, http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2007/0701-science_of_skateboarding.htm, and my brain.





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