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

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A football tackle is just a transfer of momentum, Learners discover the principles of Newton's Third Law by analyzing football tackling. The third lesson in a series of 10 videos shows how the mass and velocity of a defensive player lead to different results.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Show a Newton's cradle momentum after the video and make a connection between football players and the spheres
  • Review definitions and examples of mass and velocity prior to the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should have a basic understanding of football
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Pros
  • Provides a lab investigation to follow the video lesson
  • Includes animation images to add clarity to explanations
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