I am taking a class on the physics of sports and I was
interested in writing a paper on the physical properties utilized in
speed skating, and especially in the advantage of using clap skates.
However, I have not had very good luck at all in finding information on
this topic. i was wondering if you might be able to provide some, or at
least direct me to some other information source. thanks!
I suggest you look in your physics book on the subject of momentum. One of
the advantages of the clap skates is the fact that they allow longer contact
on the surface of the ice. Momentum is dependant on how long the force is
in contact with the object. That is also why you follow through on golf
swings, baseball bat swings, quarterback throws, etc.
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