This time the Mathcad community challenge is around field goals in American football.
Create a Mathcad worksheet where you calculate the following angles from a given line of scrimmage for making a field goal:
How can you show how those angles change as a function of the line of scrimmage?
Factors to take into consideration:
We’re dealing with Euclidean geometry, so the math shouldn’t be that complicated. What matters is your execution. What tools (like plots and charts) can help you communicate the results?
By the way, the longest field goal in NFL history was kicked by Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens in September 2021. It was 66 yards, meaning the line of scrimmage was the Detroit 49-yard line, and it was kicked from the Baltimore 44-yard line. Next time you’re on an American football field, check out how far that is and how narrow the window looks. Field goal range is considered to be within the opposing team’s 35-yard line, which means the kick is 52 yards.
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