5 August, 2011
Volume 16 No. 31
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Math Forum Special Offer

Problems of the Week Blog

The Science of NFL Football


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

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Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Math Forum Special Offer


Get a class account to the Problems of the Week for only $25 when you purchase and complete any Summer Online Professional Development course. That's a 42% savings!

Upcoming courses include

  • PoW Class Membership: Resources & Strategies for Effective Implementation
  • Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra...one step at a time
  • Learning from Student Work: Make the Most of Your PoW Membership
  • Differentiated Math Instruction: Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners

Your PoW class membership will begin when the course starts and it won't expire until June 30, 2012.

Hurry — this offer ends Monday, August 15th:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"We are moving from a block schedule to an 8 period day because of the elimination of the January Regents exams. And this has produced a serious calculator shortage, among other issues.... Would you take a minute and describe how you distribute calculators — or do you require students to purchase their own?"
- Ann, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Problems of the Week Blog


Every week, the Math Forum staff gets together in our conference room to talk about math. We call these meetings "Math Mondays" ... even if they don't always occur on a Monday!

During Math Mondays, we vet problems and resources, learn about new math and problem-solving strategies, look at how students have solved problems, and think up mathematical questions.

With this latest blog of ours, we invite you to sit in on Math Mondays — no membership required. Come read and comment on free problem scenarios "in search of questions," student work that inspires us, and other interesting mathematics that we post on the PoW blog.

To see what else the Math Forum is blogging about, visit


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"Today's birthday: Rensis Likert was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming. His PhD in 1932 dealt with the measurement of attitudes, from which the well-known ordinal scales bearing his name, the Likert scale(s), come."
- David, posted to the ap-stat discussion group

The Science of NFL Football


Are you ready for some football? The National Football League (NFL) kicks off Thursday with pre-season action.

Are you ready to teach with football? The 10-part video series "The Science of NFL Football" explores the science behind the sport. Running about four to five minutes in length, each video features a university scientist explaining a selected scientific principle, while current and former NFL athletes describe how these principles apply to their positions on the gridiron.

Mathematical videos cover

  • vectors, with quarterback Joey Harrington
  • projectile motion and parabolas, with punter Craig Hentrich
  • kinematics, with running backs Deuce McAllister, Marshall Faulk, and Lousaka Polite
  • the geometric shapes of spheres, ellipses and prolate spheroids, with wide receiver Antonio Freeman
  • Newton's Second Law of Motion, with kicker Morten Andersen
  • torque, with tackle Orlando Pace
  • the Pythagorean Theorem, with linebacker Hardy Nickerson

Relevant highlight clips from professional games enliven every video, along with slow-motion, high-speed camerawork that allows for frame-by-frame illustration. A lesson from Lessonopoly accompanies each segment:


The Science of NFL Football is a collaboration between NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation (NSF).


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