Mathematics in Sport - June 2011, Stage 2&3

This month's resources have been inspired by sport (and the 2012 Olympics) and offer a chance to use mathematics to analyse and explain sporting situations.

Problems

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Half Time

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

What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?

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Sports Equipment

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?

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Jumping

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?

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Match the Matches

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

Decide which charts and graphs represent the number of goals two football teams scored in fifteen matches.

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Factor Track

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.

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Who's the Winner?

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

When two closely matched teams play each other, what is the most likely result?

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Olympic Records

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?

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Who's the Best?

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?