Posts tagged with football

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Costly blink

In several hours, Super Bowl XLVI will begin. Sports fans will fall silent as the Giants and Patriots meet, yet again, in the championship game. Fans and not-so-strong-fans will turn and focus on the TVs, large and small alike, as the multimillion dollar adds will also air. This year, a 30 second commercial costs 3.5 […]

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Running the option in football

Last Sunday, the Carolina Panthers narrowly lost to the New Orleans Saints 27-30 in week 5 of the 2011 NFL season. From the score, Cam Newton appears to have led the Panthers to 3 touchdowns and 2 field goals. The score gives a sense of how the game unfolded that afternoon in Charlotte. Or does […]

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Giving the NFL a rating

Algebra covers solution techniques to solve linear systems like 2x – 3y = 5 and 3x + 2y = 1. Removing y, for instance, solving for x and then substituting the value for x to find y yields the solution x = 1 and y = -1. Another way to represent the equations is as […]

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Steel this integral!

Are you ready for some Monday Night Calculus? With the NFL season having started only a few days ago, it is time to perform some gridiron mathematics! Our calculations will focus on the logo for the Pittsburgh Steelers seen below. The outer edge of the emblem is a circle, which has the well-known ratio of […]