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A2 Physics Coursework - Practical Investigation watch

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    For my coursework I have been asked to carry out a practical investigation. I've been juggling ideas around for about a week now and we need a question ready for tomorrow. Does anyone have any advice on the two suggestions I have so far:

    1. Aerodynamics of a Football
    2. The Physics of Running

    Could these work?

    I'm interested in sport, and nothing I've seen/read upon so far has appealed to me. Also, I'm taking into consideration investigations that I can do in school/classroom or at home.

    I think you'll really struggle with the aerodynamics of a football. Put bluntly, the physics you've learnt at A-level won't really apply to that scenario. You could instead use it to investigate projectile motion, but a football isn't very suited to that, because air resistance has a big impact on it. A cricket ball would be much more suitable.

    The Physics of running is a very vague topic, which is good because there are aspects of A-level physics which will apply to it, but you'll need to narrow it down for an investigation.

    For example, you could investigate the coefficient of friction between different running surfaces and different types of footwear, and how this affects acceleration/deceleration. If you wanted to extend this to football, you could even investigate how studs/blades effect grip.
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