# What happens when you fill a football with helium?

August 12, 2019 Off By idswater

## What happens when you fill a football with helium?

It is simple physics of course since helium gas has half the density of air, a football filled with it weighs approximately 7 grams less than an air-filled one. So fill helium in a standard football, and you’ll have a deflated ball in no time!

## Are professional footballs filled with helium?

Apparently some people still believe this strange myth, but no, balls used in professional soccer matches are not filled with buoyant helium instead of oxygen.

## Would a football filled with helium be better to play with than a football filled with air?

A regulation NFL football will fly farther when filled with helium as opposed to compressed air at regulation pressure (13 psi). Under the same amount of impulse force under the same atmospheric conditions, balls filled with helium showed no significant difference from balls filled with compressed air.

## Can you fill beach ball with helium?

Yes you could inflate a beach ball with helium. If the weight exerted downwards due to gravity is less than the force exerted by the helium upwards, then your ball will float. A smaller beach ball would not be able to hold enough helium to help it float.

## What gas do football pumps use?

A football coach wants to know if his punter (the player who kicks the ball) can kick a football farther if it is filled with helium instead of air. Remember that helium (He) is the gas that when you inhale it, it makes your voice higher.

## Why does a helium filled football travel farther than an air filled football?

The hypothesis was that the helium-filled football would travel farther and have a longer hang time than one filled with air because helium is less dense than air. You can read all of the details of the test here.

## Which is heavier a helium ball or an air ball?

The lighter helium ball experiences more buoyancy than the heavier air filled ball. This is just Archimedes principle. Since hang time depends on the net downward acceleration, the reduced downward force on the lighter ball (due to the upward buoyant force) reduces the downward acceleration and increases the hang time.

## When did Ray Guy start filling his footballs with helium?

A helium-filled controversy On November 13, 1977, Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy was hanging kicks in the air for so long that the opposing Houston Oilers began to suspect that Guy had filled the kicking balls with helium. The suspicion turned to accusation, and then an investigation. There’s no controversy when it comes to Zephyr helium.