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Physics of the winter olympics

Physics of the Winter Olympics

MYIB Physics Project 2014

Project specifications choosing a sport
Project Specifications: Choosing a Sport

  • Select a Winter Olympic sport/event you are interested in and watch the event on TV, or online:


  • Make sure you can watch multiple iterations of the event. While watching, try to observe the sport as a physicist and a fan.

  • You can find a full list of Winter Olympic sports and events at the IOC website:


      Adapted from a project by David Mower, Yorktown High School (Arlington, Va.):

Project specifications part i
Project Specifications: Part I

  • Create a PowerPointpresentation showcasing your sport, including:

    • A cool intro slide identifying your sport, with a title and a nice graphic

    • A brief description of the sport: how it is played, basic rules, how it is scored, who competes in it

    • Useful metric data about your event: top speed, distance, records, etc.

    • Use of graphics throughout the presentation to assist in communicating information about your chosen sport

Project specifications part i1
Project Specifications: Part I

  • Research where the sport is played and include:

    • A slide showing the country/countries in which the sport is the most popular

    • A slide showcasing the country that has had the most success in the sport or event

    • On each country slide, include a map showing the location of the country and discuss the history of the sport in that country (reasons for the sport’s popularity or that country’s success)

  • Keep in mind you are students in Year 5 of the IB Middle Years Program and this presentation represents a chance for you to incorporate both science and international mindedness into an original, creative project.

Project specifications part i2
Project Specifications: Part I

  • Finally, include a slide with a link to a video showcasing the physics or science behind the sport, such as a video from one of the following sources:

    • Science of the Olympic Winter Games 2010

    • Science and engineering of the Olympic Winter Games 2014

    • New York Times Sochi Olympics interactive graphics

  • On this slide, state at least one physics principle or scientific principle from the video that relates to your sport.

    • You do not need to include a detailed analysis of the physics involved in the sport; you will turn in your own analysis when you complete Part II of the project later this quarter.

Online project submission guidelines
Online Project Submission Guidelines

  • Save or export your presentation in PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx) or PDF (.pdf) format (full page slides) with the filename LName_Part1.ppt (or .pptx/.pdf)

    • For example, I would save my project as: Shoaf_Part1.pptxor Shoaf_Part1.pdf

  • Attach the presentation to an email and send it to me at .

  • Part I of the project is due at 9 p.m. on Friday February 28, 2014 and must be submitted via email by that date/time to receive full credit.

Physics of the winter olympics

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.

Pierre de Coubertin

Founder of the International Olympic Committee