The Science Of Sliding: Understanding The Physics Of Longboard Slide Wheels
Although longboarding is fun and may look pretty simple to perform but, there is a lot of physics involved behind the wheels of it. Before you pull out your best longboard slide wheels, learn the science of sliding.
The Science Of Sliding
Longboards belong to the family of skateboards and generally have a much longer length measuring from 22 inches to more than 46 inches. While you can perform different tricks and freestyle skating using a regular skateboard, the longboard is meant for traditional cruising.
The Physics Of Longboard Slide Wheels
- Newton’s First Law Of Motion: The function of longboard side wheels is based on standard physics. Based on Newton’s first law of motion, as you pump the longboard it starts to roll because inertia helps it to move. And as you keep applying friction propelling forward, it keeps rolling until you stop applying friction to slow it down.
- Second Law Of Motion: According to Newtown’s second law of motion, it generates greater speed when the force becomes more than the mass. While longboarding downhill, force becomes more than the weight of your body and so the longboard picks up more speed. Without the first and second laws of motion, it would have been impossible for us to longboard downhill.
- Third Law Of Motion: According to the third law of motion, as you put the foot one foot on the ground from the longboard and push it forward, the grown below your foot generates the same push back at you. And this is why the longboard keeps cruising. And as you keep dragging your feet on the ground, it slows down the longboard.
So, now you see that this simple-looking longboard works through the principle of physics without which it would have been impossible to operate.
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