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Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Science of Balls, Sampler Edition & Science of Marbles, Volume 3!

Two new science books are now available from Schottenbauer Publishing, both in English and in German translation.

The Science of Balls: Sampler Edition 
(German/Deutsch Title: Springen, Rollen, & Fliegen: Die Wissenschaft des Kugeln: Probe Ausgabe)

An overview of the 8-volume series Bounce, Roll, & Fly! The Science of Balls, contains graphs of 24 sports balls as they bounce, roll, and fly in translational and rotational motion. Balls include baseballs (official, safety, and plastic), basketball, cricket ball, dodge ball, football, golf balls (official, foam, and plastic), hackeysack, hockey balls (field, low-density street, and high-density street), kickball, lacrosse ball, ping pong ball, racquetball, rugby ball, soccer ball, softball, tennis ball, toy ball, and volleyball. The graphs and data contained in this book can be used by teachers and parents to supplement traditional lesson plans.

Bonus: These graphs correspond to three videos available on YouTube, under the playlists “Science Lab Manuals” and “Sport Science.” Direct links are located below:

Videos of Sport Balls

Additional information is available at:

The Science of Marbles: Volume 3
(German/Deutsch Title: Die Wissenschaft von Murmeln: Band 3)

This volume contains graphs of marbles moving on a variety of inclined surfaces, including flat wood and curved metal inclines. Paths are complex, with an initial incline followed by a flat surface, drop, ramp, or wall. Comparison graphs include free fall and bouncing on carpet. The experiments focus on four marbles, plus a rubber ball for comparison. These data can be used for lesson plans by teachers and parents. Additional information is available at:

Additional Information

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Sport Science Books: Graphs of Snow Sports & Fencing!

Two new sport science books are now available from Schottenbauer Publishing, both in English and in German translation. 

The Science of Snow Sports: Volume 3 
(German/Deutsch Title: Die Wissenschaft der Schneesport: Band 3)

The physics of snow skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and other winter Olympic events are explored in this series of books containing sport science graphs. Volume 3 focuses on the acceleration and altitude of a small round sled on a variety of ice-topped, snow-covered inclines. Most graphs contain data of the sled released freely. Comparison graphs include pushes laterally, uphill, and downhill, as well as turns, drops, lifts, and flips. Additional information is available at:

The Science of Fencing: Volume 2 
(German/Deutsch Title: Die Wissenschaft des Fechtens: Band 2)

The sport of competitive Olympic fencing is an exciting and practical topic for practicing math and science skills, such as spatial orientation and coordinate transformation. Volume 2 includes graphs of the position and movement of both sword and fencer. The data in this volume are relevant to all types of fencing, including epee, foil, and sabre. Additional information is available at:

Additional Information

Monday, February 9, 2015

Integrating Graphs into Traditional Classes

Teachers who want to include graphs into a traditional science, math, literature (science writing), music, health, and/or physical education lessons can find ample resources in lab manuals published by Schottenbauer PublishingOver 100 different collections of graphs and anthologies are available, with most translated into both English and German. 

Science lab manuals by Schottenbauer Publishing fall into the following general categories:
  • Sports
  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Environment
  • Music
  • Entertainment/Toys
  • General Physics

Also available are a set of anthologies, each consisting of 28 graphs selected from the above categories. Each anthology is focused on a specific theme, and contains a variety of types of graphs.

In order to highlight the selections of graphs available, four lab series are described in more detail below: ball sports, hockey, figure skating, and athletic training. These series provide excellent examples of sport science data which can be integrated easily into traditional classes:

  • Over 30 Sport Balls Included
  • Multiple Forms of Motion (x, y, time)
    • Bouncing
    • Rolling
    • Projectile Motion
  • Various Surfaces
    • Wood
    • Linoleum
    • Carpet
    • Concrete
    • Foam
    • Force Plate
  • Air Pressure Comparison for Inflatable Balls
    • Basketball
    • Soccer Ball
    • Volleyball
  • Comparison Balls
    • Golf Balls
      • Official
      • Foam
      • Plastic
    • Baseballs
      • Official
      • Safety
      • Plastic
    • Street Hockey
      • High Density
      • Low Density

  • Motion (x, y, time)
  • Multiple Objects for Comparison
    • Field Hockey Ball
    • Street Hockey Balls
      • High Density
      • Low Density
    • Ice Hockey Pucks
      • Official
      • Green Biscuit
    • Air Hockey Pucks
      • With Air
      • Without Air
  • Multiple Surfaces
    • Carpet
    • Wood
    • Ice
    • Synthetic Ice
    • Air Table
  • Impact Forces
    • Instantaneous Force (Collision)
    • Continuous Force (Pushing)
  • Collisions
    • Wood Wall
    • Hockey Stick

  • Position, Velocity, Acceleration, & Force Data
  • Multiple Surfaces
    • Ice
    • Synthetic Ice
    • Wet
    • Dry
  • Multiple Skates
    • Bob Skates
    • Child Double-Runner Skates
    • Hockey Skates
      • Youth
      • Adult
    • Figure Skates
      • 2 Sizes
      • 2 Types of Blades
  • Blade Preparation
    • Sharpened
    • Unsharpened
  • Weights in Skates
    • None
    • 2.5 pounds
  • Hockey Puck Motion
  • Forces of Vertical Motions
    • Stepping
    • Jumping
  • Forces of Skate Support for Ankles
  • Ice Melting

  • Multiple Common Sport Actions Analyzed
    • Walking
    • Jogging
    • Running
    • Jumping
    • Push-Ups
    • Sit-Ups
    • Jumping Jacks
    • Jumping Rope
  • Volume 1: Force & Acceleration
  • Volume 2: Biophysics
    • Joint Angles (Range of Motion)
    • Electrical Signals of Heart (EKG) & Muscles (EMG)
    • Breathing Patterns & Lung Capacity (Spirometer)
    • Blood Pressure & Heart Rate (Pulse)
  • Volume 3: Motion (x, y, time)

These graphs can be used as part of virtually unlimited lesson plans, including:

Possible Lesson Plans
  • Graph Reading 
    • Identifying Minimum & Maximum
    • Determining Graph Shape
    • Redrawing the Graph on a Different Scale
  • Mathematical Modeling 
    • Writing the Graph's Equation
    • Transforming the Graph's Equation
  • Theoretical Analysis
    • Describing the Scientific & Mathematical Concepts Related to Graph(s) 
    • Describing the Scientific & Mathematical Theories Related to Graph(s)
    • Identifying the Theoretically Ideal Graph & Comparing to Individual Graph(s)
    • Understanding Measurement Error & Other Types of Error
    • Comparison & Contrast of Specific Graphs
  • Science Writing
    • Describing a Graph in Words
    • Written Comparison & Contrast of Graphs
    • Describing Scientific Concepts & Theories Relevant to Graphs
    • Developing Theories Based on Graphs
    • Re-writing Graph Titles in Scientific Format
    • Practicing Different Styles of Writing about Graphs (e.g., Journalistic, Scientific, Practical/Colloquial)
  • Exploratory Research
    • Data-Mining 
    • Developing Theories Based on Graphs
    • Open-Ended Questions (e.g., Look at this book of graphs and write about a topic of interest.)
  • Estimation Skills
    • Understanding Range & Order of Magnitude
    • Developing Theoretical Comparisons from Commonly Available Data (e.g., Here is a graph of someone throwing a shot put. What would a graph look like if it were thrown by a child? By an Olympian in 1950? By an Olympian today?)

A full listing of graph topics, indexed by book series and data type, are available in a Teacher Resource Guide from the publisher. Additional information is also available at and

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