Physics of Rock Climbing

Climber on Mt. Arapiles in Australia.

A climber on Mt. Arapiles in Australia. (Image courtesy of flickr.com, as posted by adski.)

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

SP.255 / ES.SP255

As Taught In

Spring 2006

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Features

Course Description

SP.255 is a lecture, discussion, and project based seminar about the physics of rock climbing. Participants are first exposed to the unsolved problems in the climbing community that could be answered by research and then asked to solve a small part of one of these problems. The seminar provides an introduction to engineering problems, an opportunity to practice communication skills, and a brief stab at doing some research. This seminar explicitly does not include climbing instruction nor is climbing/mountaineering experience a prerequisite.

Custer, David. SP.255 Physics of Rock Climbing, Spring 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/special-programs/sp-255-physics-of-rock-climbing-spring-2006 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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