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Projectile Motion and Parabolas -- The Science of NFL Football


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Projectile Motion and Parabolas

NBC's Lester Holt looks at the science of projectile motion and parabolas with the help of former NFL punter Craig Hentrich. NSF-funded scientists Jim Gates, a professor at the University of Maryland, John Ziegert, a professor at Clemson University and Rhonda Hughes, a professor at Bryn Mawr College, explain the significance of vertical and horizontal velocity on the trajectory every time an NFL punter kicks a football into the sky.

Original air date: March 15, 2011

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Credit: NFL, NBC Learn and National Science Foundation (NSF)

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