Sport - June 2012, All Stages

The Olympics are getting closer! What maths can you find in these activities, devised with the help of Professor John Barrow? And don't forget we have a sister website dedicated to Maths and Sport at sport.maths.org

Problems

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Opening Patterns

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Look at some of the patterns in the Olympic Opening ceremonies and see what shapes you can spot.

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Can You Do it Too?

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

Try some throwing activities and see whether you can throw something as far as the Olympic hammer or discus throwers.

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Who Can Be the Winner?

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

Some children have been doing different tasks. Can you see who was the winner?

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Olympic Starters

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Look at some of the results from the Olympic Games in the past. How do you compare if you try some similar activities?

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Now and Then

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

Look at the changes in results on some of the athletics track events at the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. Compare the results for 2012.

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Olympic Turns

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

This task looks at the different turns involved in different Olympic sports as a way of exploring the mathematics of turns and angles.

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Olympic Measures

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?

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Olympic Logic

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

Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?

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Nutrition and Cycling

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

Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?

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Olympic Triathlon

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Is it the fastest swimmer, the fastest runner or the fastest cyclist who wins the Olympic Triathlon?

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The Fastest Cyclist

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Andy is desperate to reach John o'Groats first. Can you devise a winning race plan?

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Alternative Record Book

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.

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Stadium Sightline

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?

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Angle of Shot

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

At what angle should you release the shot to break Olympic records?