Grade level/band: 11–12
- In this task, students gather real-world data and then analyze the data using kinematics equations. Students will review video footage of a selected college quarterback and NFL quarterback and evaluate this data to determine how far the ball is thrown. They will then make approximations of the horizontal and vertical distances that the ball was thrown down the field. Next, students will use vector algebra to determine the actual displacement of the ball and evaluate the video footage to determine the time of flight of the ball. They will need to solve kinematics equations in two dimensions to determine the initial velocity with which the ball left the quarterback’s hand. As a final product, students write a 3-page paper to a NFL team, recommending whether they should recruit the college football player for their team.
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