# 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

### Half Time

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

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

### Sports Equipment

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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?

### Jumping

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Match the Matches

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Factor Track

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

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.

### Who's the Winner?

##### Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

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

### Olympic Records

##### Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

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

### Who's the Best?

##### Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?