Physics of the Quad Cork 1800

I worked on a piece for WIRED Magazine that appears in its February issue.  Billy Morgan successfully executed the famed snowboarding trick known as the quad cork 1800.  I analyzed the trick from start to finish and WIRED has a phenomenal two-page photographic spread that shows the entire trick from stroboscopic images.  I calculated several numbers, from launch speed to landing force.  Check out the nice spread on pages 20-21 (volume 26, issue 2).  I worked with Sophia Chen on the piece and she did a great job putting it all together!  Click here for a sneak peak.

I am Professor of Physics at Lynchburg College and author of Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports.

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