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# The Science of the Olympic Winter Games

High-interest, high-impact short videos make key concepts like inertia, velocity, and momentum meaningful and exciting for your students.

- Grades: 6–8, 9–12

Through interviews with athletes, coaches, and scientists, NBC Learn's 16-part series unravels the **physics, biology, chemistry,** and **math** behind the Olympic Winter Games. The Science of the Olympic Winter Games is made possible through a partnership with the National Science Foundation.

Aerial Physics (Aerial Skiing)

Key Concepts:

- Angular momentum
- Torque
- Moment of inertia
- Contact twisting

Figuring Out Figure Skating

Key Concepts:

- Vertical velocity
- Angular momentum
- The law of conservation of angular momentum
- Laws of projectile motion

Safety Gear (Mixed Sports)

Key Concepts:

- How safety helmets dissipate energy
- Physics of collisions
- Elastic collision
- Inelastic collision

Internal Athlete (Cross-Country Skiing)

Key Concepts:

- ATP
- Muscle contractions
- Energy conversions
- Aerobic capacity

Downhill Science (Alpine Skiing)

Key Concepts:

- Force
- Newton’s 2nd law (force + object = acceleration)
- Gravity
- Friction

Key Concepts:

- Cell movement
- Muscle contractions
- Muscle memory
- Muscle fibers and motors

Mathletes (Mixed Sports)

Key Concepts:

- Motion
- Instantaneous velocities
- Arithmetic (of the judges scoring)
- Calculus

Blade Runners (Short Track Speed Skating)

Key Concepts:

- Newton’s 1st law (object at rest tends to remain at rest; object in motion tends to remain in motion)
- Newton’s 2nd law (force + mass = acceleration)
- Newton’s 3rd law (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction)

- Subjects:Winter, Winter Themes