Behind every long stride, high-flying pole vault, and perfectly controlled discus throw, science is at work. As a high jumper takes off, potential energy is converted into kinetic energy. A discus thrower builds up momentum while spinning. Find out how science is involved in Olympic track and field events and how athletes take science into account in their quest for the gold medal.
About the Author
Lisa Amstutz is the author of seven science books for children, one adult nonfiction title and many magazine and newspaper articles. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Science/Ecology. Lisa taught outdoor education for several years and still enjoys sharing her love of nature with children. Lisa lives on a six-acre hobby farm in rural Ohio with her husband and four children.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Going for the Gold 5
Chapter 2 Run Like the Wind 9
Chapter 3 One Giant Leap 17
Chapter 4 Throwing Competitions 25
Read More 31
Critical Thinking Using the Common Core 31
Internet Sites 31