Physics is integral to all sports – regardless of whether it is gymnastics, skydiving or billiards.
In this activity, students explore some of the physics involved in weightlifting and cycling, using an interactive online or paper-based quiz. The quiz combines scientific literacy with reading literacy and provides students with an opportunity to practise the science capability ‘Interpreting representations’. It also demonstrates contextual learning by applying physics conceptual knowledge to real-life applications.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- use scientific literacy skills to read and interpret diagrams
- use reading literacy skills to locate information and answer the quiz questions
- apply physics concepts to sporting contexts.
Download the Word file (see link below) for:
- background information for teachers
- student instructions.
Learn more about the relationships between sports and science with the introductory articles Cycling aerodynamics and The sporting edge.