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.
This problem is intended to get children to look really hard at something they will see many times in the next few months.
Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?
This problem explores the shapes and symmetries in some national flags.
This problem explores the range of events in a sports day and which ones are the most popular and attract the most entries.
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?
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?
95% of people in Britain should live within 10 miles of the route of the Olympic Torch tour. Is this true?
The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?
Can you make sense of the charts and diagrams that are created and used by sports competitors, trainers and statisticians?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Imagine you had to plan the tour for the Olympic Torch. Is there an efficient way of choosing the shortest possible route?
10 intriguing starters related to the mechanics of sport.
How do different drug-testing regimes affect the risks and payoffs for an athlete who chooses to take drugs?
What are your chances of winning a game of tennis?
A very popular problem. See some of the solutions here and other ideas on the blog...
We had lots of different explanations for this. All interesting and very varied.
Lots of good solutions here, and a question at the end for you to go and think about...
Students demonstrated a variety of excellent approaches, both algebraic and diagrammatic. Well done to all.
How can people be divided into groups fairly for events in the Paralympics, for school sports days, or for subject sets?
The classic vector racing game brought to a screen near you.
It's Olympic year - can you construct the icon of the Olympic Rings using Twilgo?
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.