This weekend is Super Bowl Sunday – the New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons – but who will win? Well, we don’t know obviously, but we do know a few interesting bits of science and maths about it!
First up, some fun number facts:
So, what’s science got to do with the Super Bowl, then?
Science is not just about wearing a white lab coat and calculating equations, it also has a surprisingly large role to play in sport too. After all, science is fundamentally about standing back, observing how things are working (or not), figuring out a theory why that might be and then experimenting to see the different results you get. A bit like a professional football coach does really!
Take the Super Bowl, for example, now American football coaches are serious about strategy. Different positions will be given different tasks, the models will be put to the test on the field and then repeated again and again. A typical NFL game will run to more than 120 plays, so there will be constant testing and updating. Each player will be thinking all the time about what they should do next – whether they should act or react – and what the consequences might be depending on what their opponent does. Only the result will tell…
And while you’re waiting for the big game to start, here are some fun science facts for you (Credit: Phil Plait – Super Bowl Science 2013 – Bad Astronomy):
So, remember maths and science can be useful in relation to sport too. There are lots of careers that make use of skills in both these areas. You could be a sports scientist, sports engineer, sport statistician or even a sports manager!