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This is the portal for a collection of short videos that explore the science behind professional hockey. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the videos aim to provide engaging real-world examples of key concepts in physics: Newton's Laws, momentum and its conservation, conservation of energy, vectors, impulse and collision, and projectile motion. NHL players are featured in each video, with  motion displayed in archived game clips and newly-created video captured with a super high-speed Phantom Cam. Physicists appear in each video to explain the concepts being demonstrated and clarify the connections to physics. Included are 20 lesson plans for middle school and high school, developed for use specifically with the videos.

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Editor's Note: See Related Materials for a link to a similar video collection on the science of football, developed by the same authors.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Linear Momentum
= Collisions in One Dimension
= Impulse
- Motion in One Dimension
= Position & Displacement
= Velocity
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Projectile Motion
- Newton's First Law
= Inertia in Motion
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
- Newton's Third Law
= Action/Reaction
- Work and Energy
= Conservation of Energy
= Work
Other Sciences
- Mathematics
- High School
- Middle School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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conservation of momentum, hockey physics, inertia, kinetic energy, physics of hockey, science of sports, sports physics, sports videos, torque
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created April 30, 2012 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
August 11, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
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July 14, 2011

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4E. Energy Transformations
  • 6-8: 4E/M2. Energy can be transferred from one system to another (or from a system to its environment) in different ways: 1) thermally, when a warmer object is in contact with a cooler one; 2) mechanically, when two objects push or pull on each other over a distance; 3) electrically, when an electrical source such as a battery or generator is connected in a complete circuit to an electrical device; or 4) by electromagnetic waves.
  • 9-12: 4E/H9. Many forms of energy can be considered to be either kinetic energy, which is the energy of motion, or potential energy, which depends on the separation between mutually attracting or repelling objects.
4F. Motion
  • 6-8: 4F/M3a. An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both.
  • 9-12: 4F/H1. The change in motion (direction or speed) of an object is proportional to the applied force and inversely proportional to the mass.
  • 9-12: 4F/H4. Whenever one thing exerts a force on another, an equal amount of force is exerted back on it.
  • 9-12: 4F/H8. Any object maintains a constant speed and direction of motion unless an unbalanced outside force acts on it.
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