The science behind wheeled sports
The science behind wheeled sports

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

The science behind wheeled sports

3.4 Summary

In this section you were introduced to some basic materials science, including the internal structure of solids. You saw that the way in which atoms are bound to each other in a solid affects the overall properties of that material. You also saw how the structure of carbon fibre gives the composite material its lightweight and strong properties. You then carried out further research into the history of cycling by searching the internet to find out when carbon fibre became commonly used in track cycling.

In the next section, we ask you to use the results of your internet searches to analyse the impact of new techniques and new technology on performance in cycling.

Skip Your course resources
S172_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371