Force and Motion Activity Two: 

Imagine you have been given the chance to sign in as a team member of the Luge Competition in the 2002 Winter Olympics being held at Winter Park, near Park City, Utah. You will become what is known in the sport as a "slider" and you'll ride on a small sled, the luge, which speeds downhill in a grooved track. The luge can reach speeds of 80-100 km/hr (45-60 mi/hr).

Problem Setup

What makes you travel downhill so fast? Gravity you say?

  • What would happen if you could change that mysterious force?
  • What other forces act on you and your sled?
  • How fast will you go?

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