Time for action — timing a stroke
The best way to figure out how long an action takes is to do it and time it. Now you'll do a rowing stroke to see how long the animation should be:
- Sit where you can lean forward.
- Hold your arms out and hold your stopwatch in one hand.
- Start the stopwatch and immediately lean backwards, as though you are pulling oars against the water. This is called the drive phase of the stroke.
- At the end of the stroke, move your hands down to lift the oars out of the water and lean forward. These are known as the extraction and recovery phases.
- Then move your hands back up to the starting point to dip the oars back into the water. This is the catch phase.
- Do this three times and then stop the stopwatch. Write down the time it took. ...