Chemistry of Sports

Dozens of swimmers in black wet suits and orange bathing caps race each other through choppy water.

Swimmers compete in the first part of the Triathlon de Locquirec in 2013. (Image courtesy of malkovitch on Flickr. CC BY-NC.)


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Spring 2013



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The seminar is designed to look at the science of triathlons and sports from a molecular/chemical biological point of view. We will be able to use our own bodies to see how exercise affects the system, through observations written in a training journal. We will also improve the overall fitness of the class through maintaining a physical fitness program over the course of the term. The end of the term will have us all participate in a mini-triathlon.

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Patricia Christie, and Steve Lyons. ES.010 Chemistry of Sports. Spring 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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