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Sports and STEM Help Us Fully Appreciate, Entertain and Educate Young People
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Foreword

One way an Oakland Raider can educate himself and learn the game better is to look at film. It's a part of preparation and doing the homework that is necessary to know the game and to improve.

Recently, mathematicians and others celebrated "sports and mathematics." I am providing a link to a book on the subject.

A number of professors and teachers sometimes use information from the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Bleacher Report to inspire and educate people about the power, beauty, spirit and rich content of football and other sports.

The potential of Bleacher Report for education, entertainment and enrichment is vast.

My presence on the webpage is a way of demonstrating the power of research and preparation, coupled with the  courage to exercise free expression in a public forum.

More professors are invited to join this mission.

One result from this effort could be a better informed public regarding the application and depth of content in football and other sports.

It is with this awareness that I constantly research and write diverse articles, appealing, I hope, to a diverse readership.

 

The Article - Revisited

It may surprise you to learn that the Oakland Raiders may need a lesson in football physics. There are examples of lessons that may enhance the players understanding of the object that spins, rotates, and glides through a substance called air.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a football, you are thinking.

Looking high and low for solutions to improve the Raiders' performance is a serious matter for some of us fans and researchers.

Here are a few lessons. Thanks to physicist Dr. Tim Gay, there is a lot to be learned about the physics of a moving object called a prolate spheroid which many folks handle and cherish, yet do not fully understand the dynamics of it.

Many of the Oakland Raiders are studying videos to improve their game. Do you wonder if they really see and understand everything embedded in the dynamics of their beloved sport?

Do you understand the dynamics of a fumble? Is there a method to minimize the occurrence of a fumble? Yes, according to Dr. Gay.

He even says that the shape of the football makes it less likely for a player to fumble the ball. Readers need to check out his book on Football Physics.

Now that we are becoming aware of the physics of the football, it may even make sense to calculate the MACH number for the football as determined by quarterbacks, like Daryle Lamonica, who was called "The Mad Bomber."

Of course, the number would be less than one, and it would be subsonic. Right?

Also, Al Davis would probably enjoy knowing the MACH numbers for his quarterbacks since we all know he loves speed.

Lamonica's torque and speed apparently was just right for the wide receivers who were able to catch the ball and make those touchdowns back in the day.

A list of concepts that apply to the football are pasted below. It just goes to show you that NFL football is more than meets the eye. Some powerful stuff undergirds the dynamics of the game.

Go Raiders! Study the dynamics of the game!

 

Source

 

Lesson: Inertia

Size:

2.6 MB

Special Guests: Dave Volk, Jammal Lord, and a physics class

 

 

Lesson: Vectors

Size:

2.7 MB

Special Guest: Eric Crouch

 

 

Lesson: Newton's Third Law

Size:

2.7 MB

Special Guests: Toniu Fonoti and Cory Ross

 

 

Lesson: Impulse

Size:

2.8 MB

Featuring the melon/helmet experiment

 

 

Lesson: Atoms and Photons

Size:

2.3 MB

Special Guests: DeAntae Grixby, Kellie Bowman, and Bert

 

 

Lesson: Quickness, Speed, Power and Strength

Size:

Multiple

Special Location: Husker Power weight training center

 

 

Lesson: Quickness and Ankle Injuries

Size:

Multiple

Special Guest: Eric Crouch

 

 

1999 Season

 

2000 Season



1) Momentum

1) Kinematics

2) Punting

2) Advanced Momentum

3) Symmetry

3) Speed of Sound

4) Distribution of Force

4) Newton's 2nd Law

5) Energy Consumption

5) Turf Physics

6) Tackling

6) Air Resistance

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