# wall flip

### Parkour Physics: Wall Climb

Forgive me if I don't know the official parkour term for this move. This is where you have two walls that are close to each other and you vertically climb them. Here is a shot of Mark Witmer (from Ninja Warrior) doing the wall climb. Doesn't look too hard, does it? Well, I think it depends on how far apart the two walls are. This is actually one parkour move that my kids like to do (Hey kids! Don't do that! Let me get my camera though because this will be perfect for my blog) I am going to start with this second kind of wall climb. Simply because it is easier due to symmetry. So,…

### Physics of Parkour, or how to run up a wall

Parkour: the act of running and jumping like a crazy superhero. I can't do any of it. But I can analyze it. So, let me start with the wall-flip (or any kind of move that involves walking on vertical walls). This looks like a good example (there are a bajillion on youtube). Pretty cool, huh? How do you run up a wall? Well, it has to do with friction. Remember, this is a fairly useful model for the magnitude of the frictional force on an object: Where N is the force the surface exerts on the object (the normal force) and ?s is the coefficient of static friction. Note that this less…