Swimsuits – a drag?


Sammy getting ready for the start.

To win in Olympic swimming, contestants have to be incredibly fit and have marvelous endurance and technique.  Do they also need to consider the science of their motions and their equipment?

Could your swimsuit, swim cap and goggles be holding you back?

This activity is about drag and one method for calculating drag.  Students observe what increases or decreases drag and how each element of drag directly, directly squared, or inversely affects a swimmer's performance.


CCSS: 7.RP.A, 7.EE.B, HSA/CED.A4, MP1, MP4, MP7

For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions.

SwimmingDrag.docx     SwimmingDrag-solution.pdf

Here are some other Olympic themed activities;

Which Olympic events do you want to watch? - Subjective and objective scoring.

How high can a gymnast's score be? - What happened to the perfect 10?

Lighting the Olympic torch - Parabolic mirror focus


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