How is it played ?
Heel : is like a high heel but with a blade attached to it.
Boot : tongue : skates have a padding to hold for maximum control.
Blade : is slightly curved it is sharpened to make it go faster and not slower.
Hollow : finally ground edges on either side of the hollow provide control and speed.
Science of this sport
- Friction is important to any speed sport like skating , skiing or bobsledding.
- The larger the movement of inertia the more torque it takes to stop the object from moving or spinning.
- If the radius is reduced the speed increases. This is due to the centripetal acceleration the skaters experience during the rotation.
- A skater would need gravity to jump in the air and not fall down.
- Momentum is basically how much force it would take to stop a moving object.
- A skater would need to be balanced to skate on ice and not fall over.
- One of the most well know tenets of physics is for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction which was first discovered by Isaac Newton/Newton's Laws.
- Smooth ice provides very little resistance against objects like ice skates, being dragged across a surface.