Slapshot Physics—Science of the Winter Olympics

Take a shot at explaining the physics of hockey! Olympic hockey players explain the science of their craft in a video lesson. The lesson includes a discussion of force and velocity as well as potential and kinetic energy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Watch video of hockey in slow motion to analyze different velocities of pucks
  • Ask pupils to diagram the potential and kinetic energy of the puck and stick at different times during the shot
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires an understanding of potential and kinetic energy
Pros

  • Relevant and adaptable to various grade levels
  • Highlights key scientific vocabulary throughout the lesson
Cons

  • None