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Physics in Football



The laws of physics apply to football in many ways. Gravity is key because when the football is thrown in the air or the kicker kicks the ball, it goes upwards but gravity must pull it back down to the ground after it reaches maximum height. Gravity and force also occurs when the force of the running back runs into the defensive player, and when the players tackle one another to the ground. Football players also have certain velocities and their speed accelerates when they run faster and faster toward the end zone.Kinematic equations can be used to determine all including the player's velocity, distance traveled across the field, accelerations and time it takes to make it to the end zone with a touchdown.


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