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Preface1. The Pre-Game Show2. It's Not Over Until the Trombone Player Goes Down: Vectors and How to Think Like a Physicist3. All Hail Flutie: Gravity and Projectiles4. Vive le Lance: Simplifying the Complicated5. A Leap into the Unknown: More Projectiles and Angular Momentum6. Amazing Spins in and around All Kinds of Water: Rotations in Water Sports7. Soccer Kicks Gone Bananas: Off-Center Kicking and the Magnus Force8. Four Olympics and Four Straight Gold Medals: Centripetal Motion and Lift9. It Takes More Than a Big Gut: Caloric Consumption and Linear Momentum10. The Post-Game ShowFurther ReadingIndex

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John Eric Goff is an associate professor of physics and chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College.

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Mathematically minded readers who've always wondered how great athletes do what they do will learn from Goff how to "view the world of sports through the lens of physics." Goff, a sports enthusiast and Lynchburg College physics professor, is more than comfortable analyzing a variety of feats of physical prowess, such as a spectacular play in the final seconds of a legendary 1982 Stanford-Berkeley college football game. After analyzing that play with its five lateral passes, Goff moves on to stage 16 of Lance Armstrong's 2004 Tour de France win, and a record-breaking long jump by Bob Beamon at the 1968 Summer Olympics. While the discussion of the mechanics of angular momentum using the spins and rotations of ice skating and diving (Katarina Witt and Greg Louganis, respectively) will be familiar to nearly anyone who's read a physics textbook, Goff surprises with chapters on how to "bend it like Beckham," win at sumo wrestling, and use statistics and probability to predict college football outcomes. Sports fans with a knowledge of geometry and trigonometry will enjoy Goff's cheerful revisiting of memorable athletic events. 70 illus. (Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Goff... is more than comfortable analyzing a variety of feats of physical prowess... Sports fans with a knowledge of geometry and trigonometry will enjoy Goff's cheerful revisiting of memorable athletic events. Publishers Weekly A lively, pleasant read with plenty of real physics and mathematical details. American Journal of Physics Sports libraries will find this engrossing. Midwest Book Review How athletes, Olympian and otherwise, perform some of their most amazing physical feats. Science News

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