Chemistry of Sports

Composite image of swimmers, cyclists, and runners.

Swimming, bicycling, and running are the three sports in a traditional triathlon. During this course, students trained to compete in a triathlon at the end of the semester. (Composite image by MIT OpenCourseWare. Original images [from top to bottom] courtesy of Falling bullets, Ben patio, and Auntie P on Flickr.)


MIT Course Number

SP.235 / ES.SP235

As Taught In

Spring 2009



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Course Features

Course Description

This seminar will focus on three sports: swimming, cycling and running. There will be two components to the seminar: classroom sessions and a "laboratory" in the form of a structured training program. The classroom component will introduce the students to the chemistry of their own biological system. With swimming, running and cycling as sample sports, students are encouraged to apply their knowledge to complete a triathlon shortly after the term.

Archived Versions

Christie, Patricia, and Steven Lyons. SP.235 Chemistry of Sports, Spring 2009. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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