Science of NFL Football #1: Projectile motion and parabolas

saints1Hi! I’m Michelle, and I’m a chemist and a former New Orleans Saints cheerleader. Previously, in my interview on, I talked about how I dealt with the challenges and opportunities of bridging such seemingly different worlds. Well, today, I’m thrilled to return to introduce this first Science of NFL Football segment, produced in partnership with the NFL, NBC, and the National Science Foundation.

In this first segment, “Projectile Motion & Parabolas”, former NFL punter Craig Hentrich demonstrates how projectile motion and parabolas make for the perfect field goal kick. Check this out! If you’re an educator, be sure to visit NBC Learn to download free supplemental educators’ guides. Goooo science! And Goooo National Science Foundation for making this possible!

Science of NFL Football #1: Projectile Motion & Parabolas