Science of NFL Football: Pythagorean Theorem

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Physics can make football players better. A creative video shows learners how to apply the Pythagorean Theorem to defensive situations. The first of a 10-part video series calculates the distance a defender needs to cover using right triangle mathematics.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lesson as an introduction to vectors or to practice using the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance a defender must cover
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a familiarity with using square roots to solve an equation
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Pros

  • Uses real NFL footage to create motivation for the lesson
  • Builds a math/science connection to a real-life scenario
Cons

  • None
Common Core