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# What type of energy is used during speed skating?

Updated: 9/27/2023

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14y ago

There is a large conversion of chemical energy to mechanical energy in the body of the skater. Lots of that! (That may be part of the reason for being out there!) That is what the muscles are doing all the time - converting chemical energy to mechanical energy. The body is a chemical engine, and we convert chemical energy into mechanical energy every moment we are alive. There is more, so let's look! There will be conversion of potential energy to mechanical energy at all time the skater is in motion, too. And mechanical energy is converted to potential energy as well. This may not be obvious, but walking is a constant process of converting potential energy to mechanical energy and vice versa. When we walk, we lean forward and gravity begins to pull us down. We're converting potential energy into kinetic (mechanical) energy. We then put out a foot and lift ourselves back up that tiny bit that we "fell" and that's converting mechanical energy into potential energy because we "lifted" ourselves upright again. Then we start all over with the next step. Make sense? Walking, running or skating all put the same principles into motion. The mechanical energy of friction and its conversion into heat happens in the skates, particularly in the bearings and wheels. The motion - any at all - will create a bit of heat due to friction. The more the motion, the more mechanical energy is converted into heat. Even with good bearings that are properly lubricated, they assembly will warm up. The wheels will be warm to the touch after only a brief time of skating, too. You know why? Yup. Conversion of the mechanical energy of friction into heat energy. There's a lot going on when we skate!

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16y ago

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14y ago

Energy is not "used" in this case, it's just there.

The skater has Kinetic energy, and he's gaining it assuming the slope is frictionless and it's in an angle.

Another type of energy which exists in the system is the Gravitational Potential Energy, which is decreased as the skater's altitude is decreased.

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14y ago

I can't give you a brand name but it never hurts to use blades as opposed to regular skates.

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14y ago

A rollerblader's leg muscles convert chemical (potential) energy into kinetic (mechanical) energy, which propels them forward.

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11y ago

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