# The Physics of Riding Bulls Essay

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The Physics of Riding Bulls Rodeo is a sport that came about by everyday work being made into competition. Every event in rodeo has a practical purpose; all but one that is. There is no practical reason to get on a bull; only the thrills, chills, and rush of excitement. It¡¦s more than a challenge between riders. It¡¦s a challenge between man and beast. Legendary cowboy Larry Mahan had an even different way of looking at it. He said, ¡§It¡¦s not a challenge with the animal but with the weakness in one¡¦s self¡¨. At any rate, it¡¦s all about the challenge. The challenge is simple; stay on the bull¡¦s back for eight seconds while keeping one hand fee from contact with the bull or your own body. Well it sounds simple anyways.…show more content…
This exerts a force in the opposite direction the bull is going. The force is the product of the bull¡¦s mass and its acceleration. With a rider on the bull¡¦s back this force then becomes a combination of the bull¡¦s mass plus the rider¡¦s mass times the acceleration of both which is attributed only by the bull. All the rider needs to do in this case is hold on tight. There may be some air resistance, but it is too small to notice. The bull further complicates the ride by bucking (a combination of raring, kicking, and jumping). Each component of the buck is relatively simple. When a bull rares, it creates a force pushing the rider backwards. When a bull kicks, it creates a force throwing the rider forwards. When the bull jumps, it creates a force pushing the rider straight upwards. Each force is once again the product of how fast the bull changes positions (acceleration) and it¡¦s mass. In each of these situations the bull¡¦s mass is combined with the rider¡¦s. So, if the combined mass remains the same, all the rider has to do to counter the force created by the bull is move in the opposite direction as the bull with and equal acceleration. Acceleration equals the change in velocity divided by the change in time. The velocity is the change in position divided by the change in time. Both the bull and the rider can accelerate instantaneously. Therefore the velocity is the only variable the rider needs to adjust to the counter the bull¡¦s force. If the distance change