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The Pythagorean Theorem in Football

Grade Level Grades 6-12
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NBC's Lester Holts explores the path a defender must take in order to tackle a ball carrier, and how this distance - called the "angle of pursuit" - can be calculated by using the Pythagorean Theorem to find the hypotenuse of a right triangle, and the distance of a defender's angle of pursuit. "Science of NFL Football" is a 10-part video series funded by the National Science Foundation and produced in partnership with the National Football League.

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Explain a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem and its converse.
Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system.
Use trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem to solve right triangles in applied problems.

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