THE MATH AND PHYSICS BEHIND BILLIARDS

“Pool is geometry, in its most challenging form. A science of precise angles and forces”

-The Twilight Zone: A Game of Pool

A game of billiards can be both fun and educational. From simple geometry and shapes to more advanced physics, teachers and parents alike can use billiards to make science relatable and understandable.

While playing billiards, ask your children to identify the different shapes they can make from the different patterns the balls scatter to form. If they are working with angles, bust out the protractor to measure the angles necessary to make a variety of shots.

If you’re looking for some advanced problems, check out these two great sites connecting physics and billiards. These are great resources for teachers as well, so if you bring them in to share with the class, extra credit points may be in your future…

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