The Physics of Skiing / Edition 1

The Physics of Skiing / Edition 1

by David A. Lind, Scott P. Sanders
     
 

ISBN-10: 1563963191

ISBN-13: 9781563963193

Pub. Date: 12/01/1996

Publisher: American Institute of Physics

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…  See more details below

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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.About the Author: David A. Lind is Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has been both Chairman of the Department of Physics and Director of the Nuclear Physics Laboratory, which he organized when he came to Colorado in 1956.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563963193
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics
Publication date:
12/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Introduction: At the Triple Point1
Ch. 2Snow: The Playing Field11
Ch. 3Equipment: Properties and Performance44
Ch. 4Alpine Skiing Techniques: Gliding, Wedging, and Carving76
Ch. 5Interactive Dynamics of Alpine Maneuvers109
Ch. 6High-Performance Skiing127
Ch. 7Nordic Track, Cross-Country, and Adventure Skiing146
Ch. 8Friction: Glide and Grab169
Ch. 9Epilogue: Physics, Skiing, and the Future186
Technote 1Thermodynamics of Phase Changes192
Technote 2Ski Loading and Flexure on a Groomed Snow Surface199
Technote 3The Loads on a Running Ski203
Technote 4Geometry of the Edged and Flexed Ski205
Technote 5The Dynamics of Carving a Turn208
Technote 6Up-and-Down Unweighting216
Technote 7Analysis of Prejumping219
Technote 8Aerodynamic Drag222
Technote 9The Brachistocrone Problem: The Path of Quickest Descent229
Technote 10Pumping to Increase Velocity233
Technote 11The Skier as an Inverted Pendulum236
Technote 12Ski Flexure in Uncompacted Snow244
Technote 13Meltwater Lubrication249
Glossary of Commonly Used Notations and Symbols253
Bibliography257
Subject Index265

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