Tag: sports

Wide Left: Study Shows that Holders Play Key Role in Field Goal Accuracy

Monday, September 9th, 2013 | Tags: , , ,

NFL and college football teams are back in action, and their success often hinges on the accuracy of their field goal kickers. When the field goals are made, kickers are heroes. When they miss, they’re goats. But a study by aerospace researchers shows that kickers aren’t always at fault – the way the ball is

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Olympic Physics: The Pole Vault

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Editor’s Note: The summer Olympics draw viewers to sports that they otherwise ignore. We marvel as athletes ranging from divers to pole vaulters turn power and speed into athletic artistry. Speed (velocity) and power (force) are also key elements in physics. This is the fourth in a series of guest posts by Dr. Larry Silverberg,

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Olympic Physics: The Discus

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

Editor’s Note: The summer Olympics draw viewers to sports that they otherwise ignore. We marvel as athletes ranging from divers to pole vaulters turn power and speed into athletic artistry. Speed (velocity) and power (force) are also key elements in physics. This is the third in a series of guest posts by Dr. Larry Silverberg,

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March Madness: Why Rooting For Losers May Save Your Life

Monday, March 26th, 2012 | Tags: ,

Editor’s note: Last year we told you about this study (then forthcoming). We’re posting a modestly revised version of that write-up for two reasons. First, it’s a timely read as we head into the Final Four weekend. Second, the paper is now available. We’ve linked to it below. Enjoy! If you’re a sports fan, you

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Want to Win the NCAA Tournament? Learn Some Physics

Friday, March 9th, 2012 | Tags: , ,

It’s March Madness time again, and the fate of millions of NCAA Tournament fans – and bracket sheets – will live and die with gut-wrenching, soul-sapping, last-second three-point shots and rimmed-out free throws. How can a team increase its chances of winning the Big Dance? A sound knowledge of physics could be a start. For

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