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10 intriguing starters related to the mechanics of sport.

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See how little g and your weight varies around the world. Did this variation help Bob Beamon to long-jumping succes in 1968?

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

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How do decisions about scoring affect who wins a combined event such as the decathlon?

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Under which circumstances would you choose to play to 10 points in a game of squash which is currently tied at 8-all?

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

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

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

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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?

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

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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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Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?

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Imagine you had to plan the tour for the Olympic Torch. Is there an efficient way of choosing the shortest possible route?

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

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

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

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

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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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Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?

In this article, Alan Parr shares his experiences of the motivating effect sport can have on the learning of mathematics.

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

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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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This problem explores the shapes and symmetries in some national flags.

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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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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?

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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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Looking at the 2012 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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This is our collection of favourite mathematics and sport materials.

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

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Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.

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

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This problem is intended to get children to look really hard at something they will see many times in the next few months.

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

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Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?

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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.

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