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Gridiron physics: Scalars and vectors - Michelle Buchanan

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An unbelievable play on an American football field is the perfect backdrop for understanding crucial physics concepts. Michelle Buchanan goes play-by-play on the vectors, the scalars, and the glory of a downright scientific touchdown.

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Meet The Creators

  • Compositor Godfrey Hibbert
  • Director Jeremiah Dickey
  • Educator Michelle Buchanan
  • Narrator Michelle Buchanan, Justin "Buck" Buchanan

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