Maths and the Olympics - January 2012, Stage 1&2

At the start of this Olympic year, here is a collection of resources which show that maths is indeed to be found in many different aspects of sporting events!

Problems

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The Animals' Sports Day

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

One day five small animals in my garden were going to have a sports day. They decided to have a swimming race, a running race, a high jump and a long jump.

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Olympic Rings

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

This problem is intended to get children to look really hard at something they will see many times in the next few months.

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The Games' Medals

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?

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National Flags

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This problem explores the shapes and symmetries in some national flags.

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Our Sports

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This problem explores the range of events in a sports day and which ones are the most popular and attract the most entries.

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Going for Gold

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Looking at the 2012 Olympic Medal table, can you see how the data is organised? Could the results be presented differently to give another nation the top place?