Students apply laws of physics to golf

Junior Troy Ciarametaro gave a presentation on the physics of golf and how golf depends on many of the equations students learn about in physics. Since the seniors have graduated, the juniors left in the class have worked on independent projects.

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Junior Troy Ciarametaro sets up his lab after his presentation about the physics of golf. In the lab, students practiced putting and attempted to apply what they learned to their golf swings. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Juniors Katie Glidden, Abbey Martin, and Alex Thompson read the instructions on the lab sheet. Each junior was required to give a presentation on a topic of their choice before the end of the year. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Ciarametaro shows his classmates the correct putting form. Ciarametaro brought in a small putting green to simulate a golf like situation. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Martin practices her putting technique. It took each student a couple of tries before getting the hole. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Ciarametaro explains the pros and cons of a putter with a thick shaft versus a thin shaft. Ciarametaro brought in two different putters to give students an option to choose from. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Martin fills in her lab handout based on the information she learned during the activity. A golf swing is centered around the concept of a pendulum. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Physics teacher Deb Nolan practices the golf lab. Each student was required to accompany their presentations with a lab or activity. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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