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ERIC Number: EJ1115430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
"Deflategate": Time, Temperature, and Moisture Effects on Football Pressure
Blumenthal, Jack; Beljak, Lauren; Macatangay, Dahlia-Marie; Helmuth-Malone, Lilly; McWilliams, Catharina; Raptis, Sofia
Physics Teacher, v54 n6 p340-342 Sep 2016
In a recent paper in "The Physics Teacher (TPT)", DiLisi and Rarick used the National Football League "Deflategate" controversy to introduce to physics students the physics of a bouncing ball. In this paper, we measure and analyze the environmental effects of time, ambient temperature, and moisture on the internal pressure of an NFL football. We focus on the rate of pressure recovery that occurs when a cold football (either wet or dry) is returned to the warm locker room environment where the pressure was initially measured. Both studies stem from the so-called NFL "Deflategate" controversy in which footballs that initially met a minimum internal pressure requirement were rechecked at halftime of the AFC Championship game, and in some cases were reported to have fallen below the minimum pressure requirement. The question is whether the pressure changes were due to environmental exposure or rather to some air being released from the balls, or both. [See the paper: "Bouncing Back from 'Deflategate'" at EJ1074870.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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