Paul Longwell

Mr. Longwell and Mr. Hartman implement “Heart-Pounding Physics,” an interdisciplinary project that explores the bio-mechanical processes and stresses of physical activity. After a sports-science professor explains the relationship between science and physical exercise, students conduct a video analysis of the effect high-impact activities have on joints and bones. Students use data gathered from the videotapes to calculate the forces and accelerations athletes experience. At the project’s conclusion, students participate in Physics Day at a local amusement park, where they wear heart-rate monitors and skin-temperature sensors to record their reactions to various rides.