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written by Sam Rae
published by the Institute of Physics
This website offers a unique way to engage learners in basic physics concepts through Kung Fu martial arts. Concepts that play a role in martial arts include force, impulse, momentum, and conservation of energy. The resource blends video with sequenced conceptual support and scaffolded help with calculations. Voice narration makes the resource accessible to students with disabilities.

Editor's Note: The Web serves up a multitude of materials that claim to demonstrate the physics of various sports, but are inaccurate. However, this tutorial (sponsored by the UK's Institute of Physics) exemplifies an excellent resource that blends solid science with entertaining real-world activities.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- High School
- Informal Education
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Tutorial
- Reference Material
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- New teachers
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Newton's laws, applications of Newton's Laws, impulse and momentum, martial arts
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Metadata instance created August 24, 2005 by Cathy Ezrailson
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December 2, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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S. Rae, (Institute of Physics, London, 2005), WWW Document, (http://www.kungfuscience.org/).
S. Rae, Kung Fu Science, (Institute of Physics, London, 2005), <http://www.kungfuscience.org/>.
APA Format
Rae, S. (2005, December 8). Kung Fu Science. Retrieved November 21, 2018, from Institute of Physics: http://www.kungfuscience.org/
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Rae, Sam. Kung Fu Science. London: Institute of Physics, December 8, 2005. http://www.kungfuscience.org/ (accessed 21 November 2018).
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Rae, Sam. Kung Fu Science. London: Institute of Physics, 2005. 8 Dec. 2005. 21 Nov. 2018 <http://www.kungfuscience.org/>.
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