Dec. 21, 2010

The Physics of Hockey

by Leslie Taylor

Video by UMNewsService

In this video, University of Michigan Physics Department Chair Brad Orr demonstrates the physics of hockey, explaining why ice is slippery, how padding protects players in collisions, and how a hockey stick delivers power to the puck.

Read more at the University of Michigan Web page

A longer talk on the physics of hockey was part of U-M's Saturday Morning Physics program.

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