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Many researchers at the University of Utah study subjects that include both Sports and Science. Learn how Physics is Life, the Physics of Slopestyle skiing, and Why the Soccer Ball Bends!

Physics is Life

This video was compiled by Egan Anderson from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. It highlights various principals of physics found in our everyday lives, from healthcare to sports! The video was played before the Interstellar premiere on November 6, 2014.

The Physics of Slopestyle

The National Science Foundation partnered with NBC Learn (the educational arm of NBC News) to release the “Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.” The segments feature a variety of sports stories, as told by some of the world’s top athletes and record holders, along with perspectives and innovative research from leading NSF-supported engineers and scientists.

Physics of slopestyle skiing: Nick Goepper: Jordan Gerton, a professor of physics at the University of Utah describes how Nick Goepper, a 2013 world champion slopestyle skier, will need to follow the laws of physics and rotational motion in order to nail his gravity-defying tricks in Goepper’s quest for Olympic gold in this freestyle skiing event debuting in Sochi.


Why Does the Soccer Ball Bend?

Physics can often be used to explain soccer, and the behavior of the ball. Adam Beehler, from the University of Utah’s Department of Physics, describes what makes the soccer ball bend in the video below. View the original article and video from 7/12/14 on

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