The Physics of Skiing: Skiing at the Triple Point / Edition 2

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Understanding the properties of snow and how it changes and interacts with the skis will help you appreciate the special phenomena that occur at the triple point, where the solid, liquid, and vapor phases coexist. You'll learn about alpine, cross-country, and speed skiing techniques, wax performance, and you'll get scientific data that is not readily available on the technical specifications and performance of ski equipment. The new edition will include a chapter on biomechanics & physiology of skiing. Other chapters will be revised & brought up to date. The discussion of Alpine skiing will include an extensive discussion of the new "turning" skis.

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Review by L. W. Moore, formerly, University of Kentucky

"Lind (emer., Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) and Sanders (Univ. of New Mexico) offer this new edition, which retains the virtues noted in the review of the original (CH, Jun'97), derived from the serious application of physics to the enhancement of the understanding and experience of skiing. Skiers will find practical information with or without recourse to the (admittedly demanding) underlying physics. Teachers of physics will find an excellent primary or supplementary text detailing the physics of snow as well as a practical—dare we say, cool—demonstration of mechanical and aerodynamic principles. Historians of technology will find a case study of the application of scientific knowledge to the improvement of an originally "cut and try" technology. That prime demographic audience of physicists who also ski will find this book, naturally, definitive ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387007229
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 3/18/2004
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch1 Introduction: At the Triple Point Ch2 Snow: The Playing Field Ch3 Equipment: Properties and Performance Ch4 Alpine Skiing Techniques Ch5 Interactive Dynamics of Alpine Maneuvers Ch6 High-Performance Skiing Ch7 Nordic Skiing Ch8 Adventure Skiing Ch9 Friction:Glide and Grab Ch10 Epilogue: Physics, Skiing, and the Future

13 Technotes.

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