Physics : The Physics Of Physics Essay

737 Words Nov 14th, 2016 3 Pages
In gymnastics, the physics involved in energy, Newton’s Laws of Motion, and angular momentum each contribute immensely to being successful in the Olympics. Learning how to master these physical science concepts can aid in becoming a strong olympic gymnast. To begin, there is the running start; this is where energy plays a major role. During a gymnast’s running start for a vault, she gains kinetic energy, which is, simply put, the energy of motion. Looking at the equation for kinetic energy (KE = (½) mv^2), you can see that the more velocity produced during the gymnast’s initial run, the more kinetic energy she will have for the rest of the vault. Once the gymnast is at the top of her skill, for example, a handstand position at the top of bars, she has reached her maximum output of potential energy. After taking to the air, the gymnast’s kinetic energy increases while her potential gravitational energy decreases, and, while this is occurring, no energy is lost or gained; it is conserved. Next, three of the most influential factors in gymnastics are Newton’s Laws of Motion. Newton’s first law of motion states, “Objects in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force,” this is applicable to when the gymnast is running toward the vault, as well as, when the gymnast is in the air. Gymnasts use their own force to propel themselves around the bar when performing the uneven bars event and will remain in motion unless acted upon by an outside force, and, in this…

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