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Focus on Physics - Book 2

Activities to build knowledge of the science of sport

Focused on the physics of sport, Book 2 will help to answer many of students' burning questions - why some people are naturally good at sport, why excellent runners are always thin and why excellent weight lifters are always muscular. The differentiated activities and experiments get students learning about distance, rates, speed, mass, forces, friction and levers. Your students will build their confidence and skills with drawing graphs, vector diagrams and free body diagrams, calculating speed, measuring, conducting experiments and collecting data.

Ages: 14-16 | Pages: 64 | Code: 51089 | ISBN: 9781776555598

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Brenda Greene

Brenda Greene gained an MSc from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and worked as a scientist, publishing papers on the genetics and conservation of New Zealand birds. She gained a Diploma in Teaching and Learning from Canterbury University, and taught science at the Orana Wildlife Park and in Christchurch secondary schools. She enjoys hands-on science, and is always inventing new experiments for her students to do.


Before and after your sports science study5
Sporty body6
Suitable sports6
History of distance measurement11
Keeping time12
Per unit time16
Reviewing time17
The fastest human18
The average human runner20
Speedy calculations23
The history of measuring mass25
Speed and BMI27
Balanced and unbalanced forces survivor32
Balanced forces in opposite directions34
Unbalanced forces in the same direction36
Unbalanced forces in opposite directions: friction38
Friction between solid and gas40
Friction between solid and liquid41
Vector and free body diagrams42
Friction between solid and solid45
True or false about friction47
Labelling levers49
Effort, fulcrum and load52
Science of sport crossword53
Science of sport challenge54
Selected answers57