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The Science of Hockey
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The Science of Hockey

A deeper understanding of math and science can make you a better hockey player. Seriously.

From the ice we skate on to the equipment and techniques we use to propel ourselves or the puck around the rink, science and math are everywhere in the sport. Check out all the angles.

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Accurate Slapshot Game

Accurate Slapshot Game

How do you execute an awesome slap shot? The answer is to find the hidden angles. See if you can score a medal along with a goal. More...

Game
physicsgames.net
Work, Energy, and Power

Work, Energy, and Power

Work, energy, and power all go into a slapshot, which can turn a hockey puck into a missile speeding along at 100 miles per hour (about 160 kph). You'll learn about slapshots and science here. More...

Video
National Science Foundation/NBC
Explaining Ice: The Answers Are Slippery

Explaining Ice: The Answers Are Slippery

Why is ice slippery? A simple question, but physicists don't yet have a simple answer. Investigate the current science of ice and find out why a popular explanation is wrong. More...

Article
New York Times
Collisions on the Ice

Collisions on the Ice

Hockey players use physical checks to block their opposition. But how much energy is released when opposing players collide? Find out. More...

Article
Exploratorium
Force, Impulse & Collision

Force, Impulse & Collision

During a hockey game, every movement of the vulcanized rubber puck follows the laws of physics and illustrates these three concepts. Get the details. More...

Game
National Science Foundation
Crosschecking the Physics of Hockey

Crosschecking the Physics of Hockey

How does hockey stack up next to other contact sports? What's more dangerous when it comes flying at your face, a hockey puck or a fastball? Get those answers and more. More...

Article
Chicago Tribune
Making Saves

Making Saves

Hockey goalies have a tough job, often losing 5 to 7 pounds of their body weight during a single game! Explore the science of fast reaction times and the mental riggers of guarding the net. More...

Article
Exploratorium
Mass, Volume, and Density

Mass, Volume, and Density

NHL players rely on ice technicians to create the smooth, hard surface they need to score. And the technicians rely on their knowledge of mass, volume, and density. More...

Video
National Science Foundation
Physics of Hockey

Physics of Hockey

If ice were like other frozen materials, we'd play hockey with scuba gear. Along with what makes ice unique, discover why pucks slide faster on it than glass and how a hockey stick stores energy.
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Video
University of Michigan

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