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An athlete uses physics to shatter world records - Asaf Bar-Yosef

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When Dick Fosbury couldn't compete against the skilled high jumpers at his college, he tried jumping in a different way -- backwards. Fosbury improved his record immediately and continued to amaze the world with his new technique all the way to Olympic gold. Asaf Bar-Yosef explains the physics behind the success of the now dominant Fosbury Flop.

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Dick Fosbury's gold medal jump in 1968.
In order to see how modern day high jumpers use the Fosbury Flop watch this slow motion video of high jumpers.
If you want to understand how to find the center of mass of two objects in a mathematical form, visit this website. (The website features a nice simulation and the basic mathematical calculations for the center of mass of two objects.)
In this website you can find the center of mass of many two and three dimensions objects.
Some articles about the physical aspects of the Fosbury Flop.
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  • Educator Asaf Bar-Yosef
  • Animator Mike Schell
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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