The Physics of Winter Sports

Planning on ice skating, sledding, or skiing this winter? Professor Mark Masters (physics) can help! Wane.com’s Hannah Strong interviewed Masters for the segment “Science Can Make You Better at Winter Sports.” Masters explains that understanding physics can make you better at winter sports. In sledding, knowing the composition of snow and how to reduce friction can increase speed. Hard-packed snows work better with runner sleds, but fluffier snows require something with a larger surface area like a toboggan or plastic sled. Check out the full feature for similar insights into ice skating, cross-country skiing, and more.

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