January 29, 2015

ANOTHER GOOD VIDEO:

What's Up with "Deflategate"? (Sarah Lewin, 1/29/15, Scientific American)

According to chemistry's ideal gas law, reducing the temperature of a gaseous system in a confined space also reduces the pressure of the system--Could nature itself then be the culprit? The basic physics is covered very well in this video by Ainissa Ramirez, materials scientist and co-author of Newton's Football, for Time magazine--plus, she discusses whether a deflated ball would have offered an advantage to start with.


Ramirez notes that a deflated ball benefits many players: it's easier for a quarterback to grip, a receiver to catch, a runner to carry as well as easier to kick. (This Houston Chronicle article describes the lengths players would go--kickers especially--to tamper their way to the perfect ball, along with the efforts the NFL takes to curb them.)

Posted by at January 29, 2015 5:44 PM
  

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