NHL skaters can reach speeds in excess of 20 miles (32 kilometers, or km) per hour, and during some short bursts approach 30 miles (48 km) per hour. Kinematics is the branch of classical mechanics that helps describe a player's movement across the ice by defining his position, velocity and acceleration.
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NHL fans might be surprised to learn that the ice surface at a hockey rink is only about one inch thick. Scientists and ice technicians explain the science and math that goes into building and maintaining this surface through the long NHL season.
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From the passes NHL players make to their teammates, to the shots they take to score, players in every position are constantly using geometry when playing the game. The lines, angles and curves on the ice are also examined. "Science of NHL Hockey" is a 10-part video series produced in partnership with NBC Learn and the National Hockey League.
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