Students learn about the science behind the recreational activity of snow tubing.
– Review relevant vocabulary and key terms: velocity, mass, gravity, friction, kinetic energy, potential energy.
– Call ahead to the resort to ask about any maps and specifications of the slopes that can be provided and reviewed with the class prior to the trip.
Questions to ask staff: What is the height of the hill/slope? What is the weight of the tube? What is the weight of the tuber?
Describe the slope; the tubes.
Observe what tubers are going the fastest? The farthest?
Opinion: Unlike skiing and snowboarding, it is not common for snow tubers to take lessons for tubing. Should lessons be required? Encouraged? Available? Why or why not?
Compare snow tubing to sledding.
Challenge: Using the following formulas, determine the velocity of your tube. Also determine the potential and kinetic energy of your tube. (v=d/t; PE=m x g x h; KE=1/2mv²)