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How is Newton's 3 laws of motion used in a game of ice hockey?

Updated: 6/3/2024

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8y ago

Newton's 1st Law, generally accepted as the definition of 'inertia', states that every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless it is compelled to change its state by the action of an external force.

His 2nd Law, and arguably the most important as it allows for calculation and comparison of forces, states that the relationship between the mass of an object, m, its acceleration, a, and the applied force, F, is F=ma.

Finally, the 3rd Law states that for every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction.

In the game, the puck it struck by the blade of the stick to send it up the ice and towards the goal. on its way it could be stopped, deflected, speeded up or even sent back from where it came by the action of other players hitting it with the blades of their sticks or even by the walls.

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8y ago

1w ago

In Ice Hockey, Newton's laws of motion are used to explain the movement and interactions of players and the puck on the ice. For example, the first law (inertia) explains why players continue to move until acted upon by a force, the second law (acceleration) explains how forces affect players' speed and direction, and the third law (action-reaction) explains the equal and opposite forces when players hit each other or the puck. These principles help coach and players understand the physics of the game and how to optimize their movements and strategies.