Science of NFL Football: Geometric Shapes

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Ever wonder why a football has such an unsual shape? Find out with this video from the Science of Football colelction that examines how the geometric properties of a football make it perfectly suited for being thrown accurately over long distances.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show this video during a middle or high school geometry unit to create cross-curricular connections between math, science, and physical education
  • Following a viewing of this video, have students perform a short research assignment in which they investigate the shapes and properties of other sports equipment
  • Ask students to create an equation for an ellipse that most closely resembles the cross-section of a football
Pros

  • Engages learners by using sports to teach about math and science
  • Uses diagrams to highlight the geometric and aerodynamic concepts discussed in the video
Cons

  • None