Figure skating is a beautiful and popular sport combining elegance, athleticism and precision, in a seemingly effortless and artful performance. It is no surprise that the mathematics underlying the motion of a figure skater shares this beauty and elegance. In this talk, we discuss a contemporary geometric incarnation of Newton's theory of motion and its application to the dynamics of a static (non-articulated) figure skater. We examine two central cases of the dynamics of figure skating.
The Math and Stats Department Torus Talks showcase the beauty of mathematics and statistics in a low-key and fun way. The talks are pitched to a general university audience and we invite the entire university community to explore mathematics and statistics with us.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.