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Forms in Olympic Games

Presented by: 
Christophe Clanet École Polytechnique, CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique)
Date: 
Thursday 30th November 2017 - 17:10 to 17:50
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Abstract: 
Rowing has been part of the summer Olympics since its debut in 1896. The shape of the boat has slightly changed. We will discuss the origin of this shape with a special attention to the aspect ratio, which can reach values as high as 30, much larger than any other boat. In a second part, we will move to ball games and will focus on zig-zag trajectories which are (sometimes) observed in volley, soccer and golf.
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