The Science of Sledding

The top of the hill. Anticipation. The ride down. Stimulation and Trepidation. The bottom of the hill. Satisfaction.  We can learn some physics principles through the science of sledding. These three stages, the top, the ride down, and the bottom, are examples of energy in action. At the top you have potential energy, you have energy stored, just by being a high place from which you can fall or slide down. If you didn’t your sled would just sit there, you would never fall down the hill, instead you would have to push all the way down, no matter how slick or steep the hill. While you are sliding down the hill you still have potential energy, the rest of your ride, but that potential energy is getting less and less as you approach the bottom of the hill. You are gaining more and more kinetic energy as you approach … click to read more