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Pythagorean Theorem -- The Science of NFL Football (Encore)


With Super Bowl LII coming up on Sunday, February 4, 2018, it's a great time to learn about the Pythagorean Theorem and the science of NFL football.

Lester Holt explores the path a defender must take in order to tackle a ball carrier, and how this distance--called the "angle of pursuit"--can be calculated by using the Pythagorean Theorem to find the hypotenuse of a right triangle, and the distance of a defender's angle of pursuit.

Be sure to check out other videos in "The Science of NFL Football" series.

Original air date: October 27, 2011.

Credit: NFL, NBC Learn and National Science Foundation (NSF)

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