Introduction Hello, you have either intentionally or unintentially stumbled upon The Golf Course's Physics Section. By now, you know that The Golf Course is a web site designed to promote the game of golf, and as an educational resourse to show that golf can be seen in a variety of avenues of our lives. This particular section (the Physics Section) shows how golf is interwoven into physics. (For those students out there ... I bet you thought that physics was useless!) Anyway, we have a few sections to the physics portion of the web site. They are outline for you below. Text Book For those of you who haven't yet had the pleasure of taking a physics course in your school, we (the creators of this site) wrote a physics textbook so that you would not be left out. We wrote this text book the way that students would understand the material (because we too are students) and we also know how much more enjoyable it is to actually understand the material! For those of you who find yourselves in the position of "I took the course ... I really did! But to tell you the truth, I just don't remember it at all!" Well, you too can benefit from the book because it will be like a little refresher course! Algebra We know that sometimes it is helpful to have a little refresher course in math before engaging in physics, so we took the time to build that for you. There's even a brief review of necessary math skills necessary to use the equations presented in the book! Labs The Labs section is a section designed for students to learn how to mathematically manipulate information to determine how objects in the game of golf react. Students will reinforce their physics abilities while learning how much force that a golf club must exert on a golf ball to get the ball to go in the hole, or how far a ball will travel in the air. These interactive labs are built in two forms. The first is java, for everyone who has the ability to run java. Also, the labs have been written in cgi, so that those who can not run java can still participate. (I understand how annoying it is to have a site built around java and not be able to participate!) Topics The topics section allow for you to expand your horizons by taking the knowledge aquired in the textbook and in the labs sections by writing articles for other people to read about the physics of golf. We have written the first few and it us up to you to add to this section and keep it growing, so show us what you know! Teacher's Corner This section is for teachers. The Golf Course Team designed this site so that it could be used in the classroom environment. We worked closely with our coaches to design suggested uses for this site in the classroom. Please stop in and check out how this site can be used in schools.