Science of NFL Football: Newton's First Law of Motion

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Why are some football players harder to tackle than others? Turns out physics is the answer. The fifth lesson of the 10-part video series continues connecting the NFL to physics concepts. Young scientists learn about inertia through an examination of football plays and discover how Newton's First Law of Motion applies.

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Instructional Ideas
  • View additional football video and have pupils identify instances of inertia
  • Include additional examples of inertia in real-life situations
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  • Expects an understanding of velocity and force
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  • Includes a follow-up laboratory investigation
  • Emphasizes scientific vocabulary throughout the video
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