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On the Field

A workout for your body and mind.

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One of the most impressive tricks in freestyle motocross is the front flip—a difficult maneuver as the motorcycle is heavy compared to the rider. How can we leverage the bike to our advantage to get the flip around?

Sports are the means by which most people develop their physical intuition. We'll start by making observations about beautiful tricks like this:

By the end, you'll be able to explain the secret behind the front flip:

In On the Field, we'll explore fundamental principles of mechanics in familiar contexts, including:

  • torque and angular momentum in BMX,
  • momentum and impulse in baseball,
  • rotational kinetic energy in gymnastics,
  • tension and friction in tug of war,
  • dissipation and forces in downhill skiing.

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