In these write ups we had a collection of 11 very interesting problems that involved some applications of some of the math we have proven and or analyzed with the technology this semester. The problem involved an interesting proposition in football where the ball is placed on the side hash mark for a field goal kicker to try to kick though a set of parallel goal posts. The question is, " Are the closer field goals at a disadvantage because the 'window' to the opening is more narrow the closer you get?" Or is there little significant difference in the goal oppening based on how close or how far back the ball is placed. We will use geometry concepts and the getometers sketchpad to get to the bottom of the problem!

First of all we need some definitions of the football field distances and goal post dimensions.

Here is a diagram:

The goal posts have been defined to have a distance of 18.5 feet