The Physics of Skiing / Edition 1

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563963193
  • Publisher: American Institute of Physics
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction: At the Triple Point 1
Ch. 2 Snow: The Playing Field 11
Ch. 3 Equipment: Properties and Performance 44
Ch. 4 Alpine Skiing Techniques: Gliding, Wedging, and Carving 76
Ch. 5 Interactive Dynamics of Alpine Maneuvers 109
Ch. 6 High-Performance Skiing 127
Ch. 7 Nordic Track, Cross-Country, and Adventure Skiing 146
Ch. 8 Friction: Glide and Grab 169
Ch. 9 Epilogue: Physics, Skiing, and the Future 186
Technote 1 Thermodynamics of Phase Changes 192
Technote 2 Ski Loading and Flexure on a Groomed Snow Surface 199
Technote 3 The Loads on a Running Ski 203
Technote 4 Geometry of the Edged and Flexed Ski 205
Technote 5 The Dynamics of Carving a Turn 208
Technote 6 Up-and-Down Unweighting 216
Technote 7 Analysis of Prejumping 219
Technote 8 Aerodynamic Drag 222
Technote 9 The Brachistocrone Problem: The Path of Quickest Descent 229
Technote 10 Pumping to Increase Velocity 233
Technote 11 The Skier as an Inverted Pendulum 236
Technote 12 Ski Flexure in Uncompacted Snow 244
Technote 13 Meltwater Lubrication 249
Glossary of Commonly Used Notations and Symbols 253
Bibliography 257
Subject Index 265
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