Numerical skiing in the Alps

While skiing in the Swiss Alps last winter, I got into a discussion about speed. Following my engineering knowledge, your skiing speed does not depend on your own mass. Without the intention to offend anyone, skiing is basically a form of falling at an angle. We can build a model based on Newton’s second law where acceleration times mass is equal to the resultant force. We can see that mass ($m$) will drop out of the equation:...

September 23, 2022 · 5 min · 907 words · Joost