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# Rock Climbing and Mathematics

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## Cinnamon Moore

on 22 May 2013

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#### Transcript of Rock Climbing and Mathematics

Cinnamon and Kristen Rock Climbing and Math? So what is rock climbing? Just in case you don't know... Difficulty Level The math behind rock climbing Fall Factor Basics: Participants climb up natural or artifical rock walls
Goal: To reach the top
Challenge: Whether natural or artifial, each rock wall has varying courses that test the climbers ability.
What does this mean?
less handholds
smaller holds
intense terrain 5 levels
hardest being 5
level five has 13 subdivisions
But what does it mean?
technical difficulty of the move
strength and stamina required
level of commitment
difficulty in protecting the climber Actually, there's a lot!
fall factor
velocity
angle calculations What is fall factor?
How to calculate it:
Fall Factor= length of fall/length of rope
For Example.
The lead climber leaves the belay and climbs 10 feet above his anchored belayer. When he falls, he falls not only the 10 feet he climbed above his belayer, but continues to fall another 10 feet until the rope comes taught. Though he climbed only 10 feet, he falls 20 feet. How to Prevent Broken Backs Gear.
But really...
"If the lead climber is able to place a piece of gear once he has climbed 5 feet, then falls once he has climbed 10 feet above the belayer, he will fall only 10 feet (hello belayer) instead of 20 feet. The fall factor is now 1."
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