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The Cheerleader and the Football Player

Physics and Physical Exertion



Author:

Malati M. Patil
Department of Electrical Engineering
University at Buffalo

Abstract:

As the result of a wager between the school football team and its cheerleading squad, one of the cheerleaders has to lift a 300-pound football player off the ground. In this directed case study, students learn about the mechanical principle of the pulley. It is suitable for any basic class at the high school or undergraduate level where Newtonian mechanics are discussed.

Objectives:
  • To learn the mechanical principle and function of the pulley.
Keywords: Pulley; Newtownian mechanics
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Directed
Language: English
Subject Headings: Engineering (General)   Mechanical Engineering   Physics  
Date Posted: 08/21/01
Date Modified: N/A
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