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Exploratorium's Science of Cycling

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Visit this site: http://www.exploratorium.edu/cycling

Author:The Exploratorium
Description: Organized into seven sections. Introduction: What is the Science of Cycling? The wheel: Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires? Drives and gears: What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient? Frames and materials: What are the best materials for frames? What are the best designs? Braking and steering: How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over? Aerodynamics: How does drafting help a cyclist? What is skin friction? Human power: Why is the bicycle the most efficient way to travel? How do your muscles work? With a timeline on the history of the bicyle, animations, video and audio (RealMedia) clips. Also available in German and Dutch.

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English, German
Resource Types: Museums
Math Topics: Ratio/Proportion, Mechanics of Solids, Sports
Math Ed Topics: Museum Education

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