Maths and the Olympics - January 2012, Stage 2&3

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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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 2008 Olympic Medal table, can you see how the data is organised? Could the results be presented differently to give another nation the top place?

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Medal Muddle

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?

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The Olympic Flame: Are You in the 95%?

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

95% of people in Britain should live within 10 miles of the route of the Olympic Torch tour. Is this true?

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Triathlon and Fitness

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

The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?

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Charting More Success

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

Can you make sense of the charts and diagrams that are created and used by sports competitors, trainers and statisticians?