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SP.235 / ESG.SP235 Chemistry of Sports

As taught in: Spring 2009

Composite image of swimmers, cyclists, and runners.

Swimming, bicycling, and running are the three sports in a traditional triathlon. During this course, students trained to compete in a triathlon at the end of the semester. (Composite image by MIT OpenCourseWare. Original images [from top to bottom] courtesy of Falling bullets, Ben patio, and Auntie P on Flickr.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Dr. Patricia Christie

Mr. Steven Lyons

Course Features

Course Description

This seminar will focus on three sports: swimming, cycling and running. There will be two components to the seminar: classroom sessions and a "laboratory" in the form of a structured training program. The classroom component will introduce the students to the chemistry of their own biological system. With swimming, running and cycling as sample sports, students are encouraged to apply their knowledge to complete a triathlon shortly after the term.