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Riddle: The Soccer Penalty Kick

penalty kick

What’s the smartest kick?
To the shooter’s strong side, which the goalie is more likely to guard?
Or to the shooter’s weak side, which the goalie is more likely to block if he guesses right?

The authors of Think Like a Freak give us some details to help us decide.

  • The goal is 12 yards away.
  • It’s 8 yards wide and 8 feet tall.
  • You will kick the ball at 80 miles per hour.
  • The kick will arrive at the net in 0.306818 seconds
  • The goalie can’t wait for you to kick. He has to guess and fling his body toward his choice before you make contact with the ball.
  • Overall, at the elite level, 75% of penalty kicks are successful.
  • If he chooses wrong, your odds of success are about 90%.
  • You want him to choose wrong.
  • Whether you’re left- or right-footed, 57% of goalies will guard your strong side. 41% of the time, they’ll guard your weak side.

Answer in the Reply field below and Post Comment:

  1. What’s the best way to improve your odds of kicking the ball where the goalie isn’t?
  2. Why do so few kickers make the most logical choice?

Lecture/Discussion Facial Recognition


61 Responses to CLASS 14: THU OCT 17

  1. morra2024 says:

    Class Notes 10/17
    0. Class started with an incredibly interesting riddle that required more attentiveness than math: as a result of calculations, the goalie guards the middle of the goal only 2% of the time. Most players do not make that shot because in an unsuccessful case, the kicker would be regarded as a complete and incompetent failure.

    1. We prepared for the Op-Ed assignment of the following weeks by viewing several Op-Ed’s on the topic of Facial Recognition Software. A class discussion followed, attempting to determine if such technologies are moral; a surprisingly difficult task because of all the related intricacies, such as the disputable rights to anonymity, software bias, and the software’s long-term implications in creating a totalitarian state. Homework for next week: prepare for an in-depth discussion of FRS using the listed resources


  2. comp0327 says:

    I apologize, my notes got deleted and I had to rewrite them.
    We began with the soccer goalie riddle. Most players tend to kick the ball with their stronger side.

    We then discussed facial recognition, and whether or not it is a violation of American rights. If you’re not a criminal then it’s not a big deal, but what if a mistake is made? And is Americans’ right to privacy being violated?


  3. tenere84 says:

    Notes 10/17/19

    Riddle answer: Kicking the soccer ball into the middle of the goal seems like the worst choice to make but statistically has a high probability of working. The reason most players don’t kick to the middle is because, if such an attempt fails, many fans see it as a reflection of the kicker’s incompetence. In short, if you miss it, you’re a strategical genius; otherwise it’s a terrible play call. (This situation can very well be analogous to the Philly Special).

    In preparation for next week’s Op-Eds, we discussed the morality of unsolicited facial recognition as discussed in an example Op-Ed. In short, facial recognition technology should not be implemented in America’s security systems just yet. If done so without proper limitations, freedom of anonymity and privacy may be in serious danger.

    According to other Op-Ed, it was argued that certain facial recognition technology is immoral because it unfairly stereotypes people based on looks. Under such implementations, a person with certain facial features can now be identified as a homosexual or potential criminal.

    Both Op-Ed authors convey their argument elegantly and without wasting a sentence. They stated their claims clearly and used opinionated language; both elements are bound to keep the audience reading.


  4. ajuuy7 says:

    Sorry all my notes got deleted at the end of class.
    I think the best way to improve your odds would be to fake out the goalie and then kick it the opposite way. People often don’t make it in because they are not considering the odds and think if they kick it hard enough with their dominant foot that it will go in.
    The first op-ed was about how scary facial recognition is and how we have no right to the anonymity in public. The second article talked about how the DMV was sending the pictures to different data bases like ICE I think this is okay because they are illegal immigrants anyway. The Nazi’s used facial recognition in a way to determine who they wanted to live because they thought that based on the shape of your face and other small features, that you were going to be more superior. There is a “gaydar” machine that uses facial recognition to predict whether you are gay or not based on your face structure and the data they have collected from a dating website. The video about the surveillance in China was very scary to think about and I hope the United States does not become anything like that. We also learned how you can hide from the cameras with a disguise, even though that seemed very above the top.


  5. mpsj13 says:

    -We discussed the consequences that come along with facial recognition.
    *Licenses in Vermont used by ice without informing citizens to find and deport immigrants.
    * Café in collected faces and put them into an artificial intelligence without informing costumers.
    *Microsoft made a database claiming they used only celebrities saying they gave up their rights by being a celebrity.
    *Facial recognition can and has been used to assume if one will be intelligent or not, a criminal or not, or straight or not.


  6. bmdpiano says:


    -The goalie problem. What is the best way to kick a ball into the goal? Problem solving.

    -Getting familiar with Op-Ed’s.
    -Face Recognition Op-Ed: Holds lots of imperative language in the description of the video to send demands to the reader
    -This is an issue that many Op-Ed’s are covering in many different forms. One form that involves ICE.
    -Do we have to the right to public anonymity?
    -There were face studies that put people into categories such as sexuality, race, and how our faces are proportioned. Hitler used this to eliminate those who “polluted the gene pool.”
    -China is already using this already to predict crimes.
    -How much is worth caring about or are people overreacting when they write these Op-Ed’s? That is up to us.


  7. 10/17
    Began with our daily riddle on penalty soccer kicks and the percentage of them going in on the strong side vs the weak side. Answered two questions on what we believe would help out kicker to score more and why so few make the logical decision on which way to kick.

    – Opened up NYTimes and observed Op-Eds during class
    – Thoroughly dissected these op-eds of words that are extremely important in incorporate
    – First writing was on “facial recognition” which the writer is stating that the government needs to hit the pause on the use of facial recognition as it is not really needed and invades our privacy
    – Should the government and police be able to keep track of our facial recognition in the case of emergency or safety?
    – I don’t believe they should have any of our private information as they shouldn’t have our facial recognition either. It is extreme violation of privacy and were practically their puppets if they can have all of our info.
    – These countries and governments are using facial recognition to possibly suspect if people are going to be criminals…. now how does that make any sense? It doesn’t.
    – Governments already have been scanning your faces at some places and the more photos they get of you the easier it is to id you and tell who you are
    – People are actually finding ways to avoid facial recognition with using wacky makeup and hair to cover your face
    – Crazy thing is that people are still being identified through masks and glasses


  8. ahntkd99 says:

    – What’s the best way to improve your odds of kicking the ball where the goalie isn’t?
    * The best way to improve your odds of kicking the ball where the goalie isn’t is to kick the ball with your weak side.
    – Why do so few kickers make the most logical choice?
    * Few kickers make the logical choice because they are confidence to use ball on their string side.

    Lecture/Discussion Facial Recognition
    – No bias
    – Facial recognition: we can know who is a criminal (China is using this)
    – We saw 4 ways to avoid facial recognition online and in Public


  9. roses0102 says:

    10/17 Notes
    – We went over how facial recognition is almost like surveillance, and it is an invasion of privacy.
    – Then we discussed how Vermont often gives out IDs to illegal immigrants so that they can drive lawfully. They used the facial recognition to record and put into a database so that those people can be found easier and faster. ICE then used those pictures without permission from these people.
    -Stanford researchers bought a software that could tell you if someone is gay or straight based on their facial recognition. Composites are made and compared and then applied to humans to determine the results.
    -China is starting to use facial recognition to predict who could potentially be a criminal.
    -The latest technology can recognize faces through anything, they are getting more advanced and can analyze faces much better than ever before


  10. lucbe219 says:

    We looked at an Op-Ed titled, “You’re in a Police Line-Up, Right Now.” We picked out imperative language through it to point out that the author was giving her strong opinion. The main explanation of all of the Op-Eds we read was the benefits and downsides to facial recognition technology that may be seen in the future. It isn’t much of an issue if you’re not a criminal, however, it is against our rights to privacy. For Tuesdays class, we are assigned to go through the list of Op-Eds to discuss that day.


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