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National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation, in partnership with NBC Learn, NBC Sports and the National Hockey League, explore the science and math behind professional hockey. This 10-part series explaining the science behind the fastest game on ice is made especially for students and teachers to use in the classroom; the videos will be aligned to lesson plans and national state educational standards, and are available to the public cost free on NBCLearn.com and NBCSports.com. Read more about the "Science of NHL Hockey" series.


Hockey player lines up puck on the ice

Projectile motion allows hockey players to shoot the puck with a high rate of precision.

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Two hockey players and an arrow, from overhead

Hockey is a game of chaos, but vectors are behind the scenes making sense of that chaos through mathematics.

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Hockey goalie with numbers superimposed over him

Understanding the opposing team's stats and averages is one method of mentally preparing for a hockey game.

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2 hockey players on ice

Newton's Three Laws of Motion apply to every single movement in the sport of hockey.

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Hockey players trying to get the puck

Kinematics help describe a player's movement across the ice by defining his position, velocity and acceleration.

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Zamboni fixing the ice before a hockey game

Hockey takes advantage of one of the most interesting substances in the universe--water.

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Hockey stick, line showing angle and words obtuse angle

Players in every position of the game are constantly using geometry to make passes and take shots on goal.

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Goalie in front of net

NHL goalies rely upon the unconscious decisions made by their reflexes to prevent opponents from scoring.

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Hockey player unleashing slap shot and the words potential energy

In hockey, the slapshot is one of the most dramatic demonstrations of the transference of force and energy.

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Equation F equals ma against background of a hockey rink

During a game, every movement of the puck follows the laws of physics and illustrates the concepts of force, impulse and collisions.

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