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Football Physics

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This talk discusses a series of one-minute physics lectures given to the fans that attend the University of Nebraska home football games. Lecture topics have included Newton’s Laws of Motion (blocking and tackling), projectile motion (kicking and punting), kinematics (open-field running), and the ideal gas law (why not fill the football with helium to get better hangtime?).

Laboratory demonstrations have featured Professor Gay being tackled by a 370 pound lineman, pummeled with a sledgehammer as he lies on a bed of nails, and learning the finer points of passing from Heisman trophy winner Eric Crouch. The problem of simultaneous edification and amusement of the fan in the stands is considered.

Dr. Gay’s visit is in partnership with Sigma Xi and the American Chemical Society.

Subarea:Rockford East State

Directions:
Rockford University - 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108 - Rockford University is located a half mile east of the intersection of Business Route 20/East State Street and Alpine Road in Rockford. --FROM THE EAST-- Take I-90 west (Jane Addams Tollway) to Business Route 20/State Street Exit. Go right/west on State Street. Cross Perryville Road and Mulford Road. Rockford University is the fourth stoplight past Mulford Road on the right-hand side. --FROM THE NORTH--Take I-90 east to Business Route 20/State Street. Go right/west on State Street. Cross Perryville Road and Mulford Road. Rockford University is the fourth stoplight past Mulford Road on the right-hand side. –FROM THE SOUTH OR WEST--Take I-80 or I-88 to I-39 north. Exit I-39 north on U.S. 20 west to Alpine Road. Go right/north on Alpine Road to State Street and turn right/east. Rockford University is the second stoplight after Alpine Road on the left side.

Football Physics
  • April 2, 2020
  • Rockford University Peterson Auditorium, Starr Science
  • Free admission, tickets required