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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • ESG.SP255 (Spring 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Physics of Rock Climbing 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Special Programs 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • David Custer 
  • Course Introduction:

  • SP.255 / ESG.SP255 Physics of Rock Climbing

    Spring 2006

    Course Highlights

    This course features summaries of class discussions in the lecture notes section and student projects.

    Course Description

    SP.255 is a lecture, discussion, and project based seminar about the physics of rock climbing. Participants are first exposed to the unsolved problems in the climbing community that could be answered by research and then asked to solve a small part of one of these problems. The seminar provides an introduction to engineering problems, an opportunity to practice communication skills, and a brief stab at doing some research. This seminar explicitly does not include climbing instruction nor is climbing/mountaineering experience a prerequisite.

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