A New Twisting Somersault
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Holger R. Dulling is a Professor of Applied Mathematics School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of SydneyIntegrable Systems, Classical Mechanics, Bifurcation Theory, and the Dynamics of Hamiltonian Maps.

                       

A New Twisting Somersault

The twisting somersault is a visually stunning acrobatic maneuver featured in numerous Olympic sports, such as platform and springboard diving, gymnastics, and aerial skiing. It is therefore not surprising that sports coaches are seeking to gain insight into the biomechanics behind the aerial maneuvers associated with a good somersault, in order to better train their athletes and equip them with a leading edge in competition. The analysis of the twisting somersault poses an interesting problem in classical mechanics. How can...

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