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How is Math Used in Football
Transcript of How is Math Used in Football
The field is the most basic way in which geometry is used in the game of football. A football field is shaped like a rectangle: 360 feet (120 yards) long and 160 feet wide (53 1/3 yards). It is divided into three smaller rectangles by the two goal lines at either end of the field, marking the end zone where points are scored. These end zones are 10 yards deep and remain 53 1/3 yards wide. The main portion of the playing field, where most of the action takes place, is 100 yards long and 53 1/3 yards wide
Angles are a big part of the game of football. They play an important role in the form of the offense and defense. Angles are put into play on offense, in the part of the game called routes. Routes are the predetermined path in which a receiver is supposed to run in order to get open so that the quarterback can pass the ball. On defense, the defender is trying to intercept the ball and they have to do determine which angle would be the best in order to intercept the ball. Also if someone on offense is carrying the ball and the defense is trying to tackle them, the defense has to determine the best angle of path to take in order to tackle them down.
There are many different ways that math is used in football such as yardage, angles, and the field.
Every football player is evaluated on their statistics. To determine how good a player is, we need a little math. Examine the three high-profile positions of quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Quarterbacks own a pass completion percentage, quarterback efficiency rating, yards per pass attempt, yards per game and touchdown-to-interception ratio. Running backs possess yards per carry and yards per game. Wide receivers monitor catches per game, yards per catch, yards per game, and yards after contact. All of these stats can be determined with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. For example, let's examine the quarterback pass completion percentage. Say a quarterback attempted 23 passes and completed 15. Simply divide 15 by 23, and then multiply by 100 to find the percent. The result will be 65.2 percent pass completion for the game.
What is Football?
Football is a game that is played by two teams of 11 players each on a rectangular, 100-yard-long field with goal lines and goal posts at either end, the object being to gain possession of the ball and advance it in running or passing plays across the opponent's goal line or kick it through the air between the opponent's goal posts. Each team has 4 plays to advance 10 yards or more or else the possession goes to the other team.
How is Math Used in Football
Every football play requires a calculation of a positive or negative number, depending if the play was for a gain or loss. Obtain a play-by-play summary of the game, and calculate the total yardage for both teams. Don't forget the penalties, these count as negative yardage. This work will require addition and subtraction with integer skills. It might be helpful to create a number line with positive and negative numbers. This works more as a visual tool allowing individuals to see the gains and losses.
What do these stats mean?
By Joshua Fearon
This is a sample drive of 3 plays
Att Comp Pct Comp Yds Yds/Att TD Int Rating
541 350 64.7 4,434 8.2 30 7 103.2
Aaron Rodgers stats 2009
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