Well, yes, I like seeing math stepped out, and with such discrete points of reference I think it would be a treat.
What struck me in particular was the linkage of the chain–how its stiffness is expressed through variably damping coupled arms (ignoring wrists for the moment) as each unit (person) expended its energy “independently” as a spinning mass influenced–limited, broadly speaking–by the neighbors’ spinning units, each with different dynamics to begin with and each limiting by the linkages, which are changing constantly as the skier’s hold on to each other. So the total trajectory of the gang as a chain, how would it be described from the take-off to the landing?
Maybe my NASA guy gives me take-off weights and angles, and arm strengths and arm kinematics, and wants to know the crooked shape of the flung horizontal beaded chain, so to speak. Yeah…that’s what he wants.
…Honestly, I now think I had an image a ballistics weapons designer who had to analyze the tumble of a thrown net-like weapon (is that called a bolo?) like this…