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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • SP.235 (Spring 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Chemistry of Sports 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Special Programs 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Dr. Patricia Christie 
  • Course Introduction:

  • SP.235 Chemistry of Sports

    Spring 2007

    Course Highlights

    SP.235 Chemistry of Sports

    Spring 2007

    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 OCW. Original images [from left to right] courtesy of Tyson Tate, Ben Jones, and Paula Bailey, respectively.)

    Course Description

    In this new seminar, we will be focusing on three sports, swimming, cycling and running. There will be two components to the seminar, a classroom and a laboratory. The classroom component will introduce the students to the chemistry of their own biological system. Since we are looking at swimming, running and cycling as our sample sports, we will apply the classroom knowledge to complete a triathlon.

    Recommended Citation

    For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

    Patti Christie, course materials for SP.235 Chemistry of Sports, Spring 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare (, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].


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