Inclined Plane


This is a short overview (goals, exercises) about combining the topic of the inclined plane with the practice of cycling.


  • Students discuss how steepness affects the efficiency of cycling (OR)
  • Students explain and apply different gear settings depending on the steepness of the slope


  • trying out different gear combinations while cycling
    •  … on a horizontal plane
    •  …up a hill (at different angles)
  • comparing travel distance per pedal cycle for different settings
  • runners vs. cyclists on a steep slope –> who is faster – and why?
  • Extra: Looking at the forces applying to the bicycle

Link to image: Inclined-Plane-Overview

Link to other lesson sketches: Cycling Topic Collection


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