Sport Collection

This is our collection of favourite mathematics and sport materials.

Olympic Starters

Look at some of the results from the Olympic Games in the past. How do you compare if you try some similar activities?

Olympic Turns

This task looks at the different turns involved in different Olympic sports as a way of exploring the mathematics of turns and angles.

Now and Then

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:
Max and Charlie from Corpus Christi School in Australia sent in the following predictions for 2016 and now that the Games are over I've added in the actual results alongside Max and Charlie's:

100m -> 9.5s         Actual was 9.81s
200m -> 18.7s       Actual was 19.78s
400m -> 40.12s     Actual was 43.03s
800m -> 104.2s     Actual was 102.15s
1500m -> 211.4s   Actual was 230s

Thuong from ISM school sent in the following:

It came to me that the seconds taken should decrease with the years, so I decided to draw a line graph and draw a line between the values of 1908 and 1948. Then, I drew the line and stopped it when it was directly above the year I wanted (either 2012 or 2016). After doing this, I would be able to see my prediction. I  knew that my prediction wouldn't be exact, but in this way, I could estimate where the values would be around. I then looked at the actual values and calculated the error percentage. With this data, I made a chart to display all of the info I had.