Football, Physics, and Symmetry

Ready to tackle the concept of symmetry? Show your class a video that combines it with football, and you'll definitely score the extra point! The resource illustrates different types of symmetry and relates it to both muscle memory and Newton's Laws of Motion.

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Instructional Ideas
  • After watching the video, have the class create a list of other types of symmetry and an example of each
  • Do other sports exhibit symmetry? Show clips of various sports and instruct individuals to name and describe the symmetrical relationships they see
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should have some prior knowledge of geometry
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • The video depicts several types of symmetry, making it very useful for day one introduction
  • Illustrations are simple and easy for learners to reproduce in note form
Cons
  • None