Gold Medal STEM:
What’s Your Vertical?
Today, our Olympic scientists examined the math and physics behind the standing vertical jump. Students especially focused on determining the knee angle that will produce the highest jump, using a special instrument called a goniometer to measure it. Our sports scientists then used their measurements to determine a graphical relationship between force and time during the jump.
Ask your student:
What knee flexion angle did you determine was the best for vertical jumps?
What other sports might use motions similar to those in a vertical jump? (cycling, swimming, weightlifting)