Where can I find ideas for how to teach pool-related math, geometry, trigonometry, and physics in the classroom?
Good examples of how math and physics can be demonstrated at a pool table are the 90° and 30° rules described and demonstrated here:
Other good examples are the draw-shot trisect system, back-hand english, basic kick and bank shot diamond systems, and the Corner-5 and Plus Systems for aiming kick shots. For more info and demonstrations, see:
- draw shot trisect system
- back-hand english
- cut-induced throw (CIT) and spin-induced throw (SIT)
- squirt (cue ball deflection) and swerve
- basic kick and bank shot aiming system 2-page summary
- Corner-5 System for aiming kick shots
- Plus Two System for aiming kick shots
Others can be found here:
The following articles provide a good introduction to many interesting pool physics principles:
- Pool and Billiards Physics Principles by Coriolis and Others
- Real World Physics Problems – The Physics of Billiards
Lots of examples of how algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and physics can be applied to pool can be found here:
Many of these analyses are beyond the K-12 level, but some could be presented in a way that is appropriate. The billiards and pool physics resources page also provides a list of references and links to many general interest and technical articles, books, and websites providing excellent general resources related to pool physics.
It is also fun and interesting to teach kids the basic fundamentals of how to play pool. Many resources available to help do this are available here:
And all people (especially young people) seem to enjoy seeing and being involved with trick and proposition shots. Classic examples are described, illustrated, and demonstrated here:
And any time a student or teacher comes across a terms or phrases they do not understand, definitions can be found here:
Here’s a video interview with Dr. Dave showing how he incorporates his passion for pool into the engineering classroom.