Bobsledding's a Breeze
Science of Bobsledding
What is Bobsledding?
Bobsledding originated in Switzerland in the 19th century. The sport involves 1 to 4 people who ride in a sled and race through a course, with turns and try to get the fastest time. The name bobsledding comes from when the players bob back and forth to minimize the swinging back and forth on the sides.
Newton's First Law
Newton's Second Law
Newton's Third Law
At the beginning when the players are pushing the bobsleigh they are creating potential energy for the rest of the race. The energy will then turn into the kinetic energy pushing the players through the rest of the course.
The average speed most people get up to in bobsledding is 84 mph for women, and for men the average speed is 91 mph.