In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
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?
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
Decide which charts and graphs represent the number of goals two football teams scored in fifteen matches.
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.
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?
When two closely matched teams play each other, what is the most likely result?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
The heptathlon is an athletics competition consisting of 7 events. Can you make sense of the scoring system in order to advise a heptathlete on the best way to reach her target?
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
Exploit the symmetry and turn this quartic into a quadratic.
See how the weight of weights varies across the globe.
Consider the mechanics of pole vaulting
In what ways can the pdfs of two normal distributions intersect?
A weekly challenge: these are shorter problems aimed at Post-16 students or enthusiastic younger students.
A weekly challenge concerning combinatorical probability.
Daisy gave some convincing reasons for placing the quantities in
Although we didn't have agreement on part of the answer to this
task, the reasoning given by Katie and a pupil from Ricards Lodge
help to justify their individual responses.
We received lots of good strategies for solving this problem.
Elliot and Linden sent us clear explanations of why each graph had
the shape it did.
In this article, Alan Parr shares his experiences of the motivating effect sport can have on the learning of mathematics.
Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
How high can a high jumper jump? How can a high jumper jump higher without jumping higher? Read on...
Scheduling games is a little more challenging than one might desire. Here are some tournament formats that sport schedulers use.
Playing squash involves lots of mathematics. This article explores
the mathematics of a squash match and how a knowledge of
probability could influence the choices you make.