# Physics In Football And The Physics Of Football

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Physics in Football

Someone might think that throwing a football only involves a person’s strength. Throwing a football seems like it is a very simple action, but in reality it is very complex. A football has pointed ends to help it cut through the air. When you are throwing a football you adjust how hard you throw it based on how fast the wind is blowing or how far away your target is. You think of these things without even noticing, these things are physics. When a football is in the air it flies in a curved path because gravity is pulling the ball down towards the ground. As the ball is travelling up. Gravity slows the ball until it reaches its highest point. Then gravity pulls the ball down and accelerates it until it hits the ground or person. A football follows the path of projectile motion. Any object that is thrown or launched follows projectile motion. Projectile motion is determined by the velocity at which it is thrown, the angle, and the rotation of the football. Did you ever wonder why a spiral throw of a football flies further than a end-over-end throw? This happens because the ball is affected by air drag. A spiral will have less air drag because the tip of the football is cutting through the air. It will be able to stay in the air longer and fly faster than an end-over-end throw. The velocity and angle of which a ball is kicked determines the hang time and how far the ball will travel. If a punter kicks a football at an angle of 20 degrees and