Before researching further, I must know how the hockey stick is used and the physics behind one to evaluate a shot. This site provided a detailed look at a slap shot and speaks about an important aspect of a shot, weight transfer. Weight transfer is the ability to translate movement into power. In this case, power goes to your stick causing it to flex. However it is harder to utilize this movement if the stick length is not properly fitted or flex is not proper. This cite also discusses about the different curves on the blade and how it benefits your shots. In conclusion, this is a great website that informs a lot about the physics found in a hockey shot.
This video provides information when purchasing a stick. Therefore the different sizes and flex. It also shows a graph on height to stick based on your body physique (weight and height). This is an reliable source of information, however I do know certain people who do not follow this rule of thumb, and do just fine. This is something i would like to test too, if the flex of the stick affects the top speed of your shot even if both sticks are the same height. This source will be more a reference when doing our experiment.
In this website, it demonstrates the scientific definition of what leverage is. In science, leverage is the ratio of change in output to the change in input. The equation to calculating leverage is =leverage x force = change. In other words, leverage multiplied by the amount of force is equal to the change. This website also discusses four MAJOR terms to know:
Change force: Effort required to prepare and make a change
leverage point: Place in structure where a solution element can be applied
low leverage point: small amount of force causes small change
high leverage point: small amount of force causes big change
In all, a great site reviewing and analyzing the definition of leverage.
This website, is a theory/opinion based on stick flex and length. This opinion is gathered through experience and questioning. Flex is how much weight is required for the stick to flex an inch in the kickpoint. His opinion is that when cutting a stick of for example 100 flex, when cut shorter the flex doesn’t change, however it feels stiffer as the player can maintain less leverage when shooting. He also believes that flex can vary through the girth of the stick too.This is something we must consider while doing our experiment, the stick flex and height. In all, a bit more detailed look and opinion of stick length, and also mentioned an extremely important term “leverage”.
Cite used: http://spinnakers.org/mathonice.htm
In this cite it displays many key examples of how math is implied in the game of hockey. For instance, if you are shorthanded the fraction would be 5/4, meaning the opposing team has five and you have four. A great demonstration of fractions which is used practically every game. Another example is when angling someone to the outside of the boards. You want to cut them off from an angle so that they run out of space, this is a key aspect for defensemen like me. We are told and use this strategy on all times when the opposing team is rushing in. Lastly, the triangle, this shape is commonly used as a direction of offence, players (forwards) will shape up in this formation in the offensive zone creating good passing lanes. In all i found this extremely useful, as it is filled with a lot of information and examples. Definitely recommend to anyone!
This website goes over an important aspect of the game of hockey, skating. In this website it reviews the two motions of the skate a push from the edge and then a glide. Not only that but doing movement on ice is near friction less therefore top speeds of over 40 kilometers can be reached with quite ease. In addition it goes over the relationship between force and speed. Similar to running one foot pushes and one foot glides, therefore having a good balance and a straight line of direction. In my opinion, this website has very good and relatable information. It easy to understand, and will be definitely used in my research.
This website provides basic knowledge of the form, mechanics and projectile motion of shooting a puck in hockey. In addition, it shows what happens if you miss the shot. Unfortunately this site does not have too much information. This for me will be used more as reference page rather than a research page. Although may gather some important data, as i found some information extremely interesting. Definitely going to come back to this site again!
This video takes a deeper look at what a slapshot is, and how the stick reacts to the given force. Also it explains the math behind a hockey stick and the flex of a stick, and how it may affect your shot. This is a good resource as they have professionals prove their theory. I also found this video explained the math very well, as it is easy to follow. This video will be extremely useful to me as it is an accurate resource, therefore will be a good place to gather data.
Cite used: http://www.nbclearn.com/nhl/cuecard/56922
In this site it provides information that was mentioned in previous sites, however it goes deeply into extreme ideas/concepts. Some examples are Kinematics, Newton’s three laws of motion, Hockey geometry, vectors, impulse/collisions and Projectile motion. All these subjects are explained and visualised by video, unfortunately I could not get a hold of the links of these videos. Continuing, this website displays a further/more detailed look into hockey, which i believe will be able to help me when looking into more complex ideas of math. Great site, definitely suggest it to others, as it is a good visual representation of how hockey is related to math.
Cite used: https://hockeymath.wordpress.com/
In this site, it displays a basic knowledge of the game of ice hockey. Further it goes deeper into how math is related to the ice rink, goalie, statistics and scoring. This website helped me a develop a basic understanding of what my topic is, and the connection to math. I found this cite extremely helpful as it guides me to the information I want to study.It also is extremely clear and easy to understand. Definitely recommend to others!
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