Science of NFL Football: Vectors

Map the velocity of a thrown football using physics! Learners study vector addition using a football scenario. Two vectors model the movement of the receiver and quarterback while the resulting vector describes the velocity of the football. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video as an introduction to the parallelogram method of adding vectors
Classroom Considerations

  • To use the included lesson plan, pupils require laptops with Internet access
  • Expects a basic understanding of the game of football
  • The video is the eighth lesson in a 10-part video series
Pros

  • Provides ideas for extension and differentiation
  • Uses NFL football players to model the concepts
Cons

  • None