Professor Rhonda Hughes Looks at Football Through the Eyes of a Mathematician

Posted September 9th, 2010 at 2:32 pm.

Are you ready for some football? How about learning about vectors?

Professor of Mathematics Rhonda Hughes is.

Hughes, who over the summer received the very first M. Gweneth Humphreys Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, is featured in four of a series of 10 videos produced by NBC and the National Science Foundation titled “The Science of NFL Football” that illustrates scientific principles with high-speed videos of America’s most-watched sport.

The “Science of NFL Football” launched this week with three videos, two of which feature Hughes. A new video story will debut  every week for the next seven weeks.

Made especially for K-12 students and teachers as they head back to the classroom, the videos are aligned to lesson plans and national and state education standards.

For each segment in the series, an NSF-supported scientist explains the selected scientific principle, while NFL athletes describe how these principles apply to their respective positions.

Watch Hughes in the below videos, one on vectors and a second on  projectile motion and  parabolas (ignore the error message and click the play button)

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