Science of NFL Football: Projectile Motion and Parabolas

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Punt, pass, or kick your way to learning physics! An engaging lesson breaks down the mechanics of punting a football through an analysis of vectors. The ninth lesson of a video series explains the horizontal and vertical velocity components of a projectile using vectors.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Ask pupils to write down three key takeaways after watching the video, then compile a list as a class
Classroom Considerations

  • Follow-up activities require laptops with Internet access
  • Individuals should understand the basics of velocity and vectors
Pros

  • Provides teacher notes to help facilitate the lesson
  • Uses video animation to improve clarity of explanations
Cons

  • None