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Skateboard Tricks and Topological Flips

Article by Justus Carlisle and Kyle Hammer and Robert Hingtgen and Gabriel Martins
  • Published in 2021
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We study the motion of skateboard flip tricks by modeling them as continuous curves in the group \(SO(3)\) of special orthogonal matrices. We show that up to continuous deformation there are only four flip tricks. The proof relies on an analysis of the lift of such curves to the unit 3-sphere. We also derive explicit formulas for a number of tricks and continuous deformations between them.

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@article{SkateboardTricksandTopologicalFlips,
	title = {Skateboard Tricks and Topological Flips},
	abstract = {We study the motion of skateboard flip tricks by modeling them as continuous
curves in the group \(SO(3)\) of special orthogonal matrices. We show that up to
continuous deformation there are only four flip tricks. The proof relies on an
analysis of the lift of such curves to the unit 3-sphere. We also derive
explicit formulas for a number of tricks and continuous deformations between
them.},
	url = {http://arxiv.org/abs/2108.06307v1 http://arxiv.org/pdf/2108.06307v1},
	year = 2021,
	author = {Justus Carlisle and Kyle Hammer and Robert Hingtgen and Gabriel Martins},
	comment = {},
	urldate = {2021-08-29},
	archivePrefix = {arXiv},
	eprint = {2108.06307},
	primaryClass = {math-ph},
	collections = {attention-grabbing-titles,easily-explained,games-to-play-with-friends,geometry,the-groups-group}
}