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Sports is filled with science--have you ever wondered how come ice skates have metal blades or how a boat caan sail? This book is filled with over 40 science experiments that illustrate common applications of science in the sports world. Each project includes an overview, materials list, step-by-step procedure, clarifying illustrations, extension activities, a sidebar on "sports science in action" and an explanation of how the experiment worked. 122 indexed pages, softcover.
Dive headfirst into the science behind sports----and come up a winner!
* Have you ever wondered if there's a secret to stopping a soccer ball, why ice skates have metal blades, or how a boat can sail into the wind?
* Would you like to learn to balance like a gymnast, how to improve your free-throw ability, or how to swim like a shark?
* Are you looking for exciting ideas for your next science fair project?
If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then Sports Science is for you! From basketball to biking to snowboarding and more, you'll discover the science behind all your favorite sports. Dozens of fun-filled activities help you see for yourself how a batter can hit a 90-mile-an-hour pitch, why a "spiral" is the best way to throw a football, how the surface of a ball affects its bounce, and much, much more. All of the projects are safe and easy to do, and all you need is everyday stuff from around the house. So take the plunge and get ready for Sports Science fun!
JIM WIESE is a science teacher and an educational consultant for nonprofit organizations. He is the author of the popular kids' science activity books Movie Science, Roller Coaster Science, Rocket Science, Detective Science, Cosmic Science, and many more, all from Wiley.
"...it would make a good gift for most children..." (www. Family 2000, 4 September 2002)