Class Dates
08/21/2023 to 12/08/2023
Delivered By
Online Synchronous
Online Asynchronous
Michael O'Shea
Meeting Times
Meets TU, 09:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. -- Zoom
Meeting Location

Physics of Outdoor Sports

PHYS 102 - Class Number: 16565

Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning Natural and Physical Sciences


The course will start with a review of Newton’s laws with simple examples followed by a review of energy concepts with simple examples. We’ll then use Newton’s laws and energy ideas to examine the physics behind several sports including climbing, skiing, snowboarding, whitewater boating, mountain biking as well as backpacking. We’ll also look at the physics behind staying warm in the wilderness both while traveling and while camping and finally look at some physics related to stargazing.

  • Class meets for two 1-hour sessions per week. Times and days TBD.


  • Instructor Michael O'Shea's permission is required after 08/28/2023.

Student Requirements:

  • Internet access


  • One semester of algebra-based high school or college physics.

Enrollment Dates
03/20/2023 to 08/21/2023
Enrollment Limit

Credit/Tuition Options

Credit Option Hours

Enrollments received on or after the first day of class may be assessed a $65 special handling fee.

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