Physicists Determine the Ultimate Strategy for the Playground Swing

How can you get the highest possible travel on a playground swing? Kids have been experimenting with different options for generations. Now we have a carefully examined and mathematically quantifiable study on how to get the best swing on a swing.

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Science Alert tells us about a recent paper published by physicists in Australia and Japan. In addition to creating theoretical models of swinging, they recruited 10 college students to swing with different methods. They concluded that the best strategy is to lean all the way forward as soon as you pass the midpoint of the forward motion and lean back on the backstroke. Get as supine as possible at the highest part of the backward motion.

Now let’s go to the playground and replicate these experiments. Replication is essential to valid scientific research.

-via Dave Barry | Photo: Stockvault

Source: neatorama

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