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This is the portal for a collection of 16 short videos that explore the science behind winter olympic sports. The videos aim to provide engaging real-world examples of key concepts, including Newton's Laws of Motion, momentum, projectile motion, action/reaction, and friction. Athletes are featured in each video, along with physicists, materials scientists, engineers, biologists, and chemists. Several videos document how scientists and engineers work together to design the high-tech skis, skates, and bobsleds used by contestants in the Olympics.

This resource, funded by the National Science Foundation, is part of a larger set of resources published by NBC which include the science of NHL Hockey and the science of NFL Football.

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Editor's Note: Don't miss the classroom activities that accompany most of the videos. When you run a video, tabs will appear allowing you to view the full transcript and a related activity.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
= Friction
- Linear Momentum
- Motion in One Dimension
= Gravitational Acceleration
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= 2D Acceleration
= Projectile Motion
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
- Newton's Third Law
= Action/Reaction
- Rotational Dynamics
= Conservation of Angular Momentum
= Rotational Energy
- High School
- Middle School
- Informal Education
- Collection
- Instructional Material
= Activity
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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Olympics videos, Physics of Olympics, Sports Physics, Sports Videos, Winter Olympics videos
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Metadata instance created February 3, 2014 by Caroline Hall
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August 11, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
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NBC Learn: Science of the Olympic Winter Games (NBC Learn, New York, 2013), <https://aws-origin.nbclearn.com/science-of-the-olympic-winter-games>.
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NBC Learn: Science of the Olympic Winter Games. (2013). Retrieved June 23, 2024, from NBC Learn: https://aws-origin.nbclearn.com/science-of-the-olympic-winter-games
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National Science Foundation. NBC Learn: Science of the Olympic Winter Games. New York: NBC Learn, 2013. https://aws-origin.nbclearn.com/science-of-the-olympic-winter-games (accessed 23 June 2024).
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NBC Learn: Science of the Olympic Winter Games. New York: NBC Learn, 2013. National Science Foundation. 23 June 2024 <https://aws-origin.nbclearn.com/science-of-the-olympic-winter-games>.
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