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What are your chances of winning a game of tennis?
Can you use LOGO to draw a logo?
If the score is 8-8 do I have more chance of winning if the winner is the first to reach 9 points or the first to reach 10 points?
At what angle should you release the shot to break Olympic records?
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.
Consider the mechanics of pole vaulting
10 intriguing starters related to the mechanics of sport.
In four years 2001 to 2004 Arsenal have been drawn against Chelsea in the FA cup and have beaten Chelsea every time. What was the probability of this? Lots of fractions in the calculations!
See how little g and your weight varies around the world. Did this variation help Bob Beamon to long-jumping succes in 1968?
See how the weight of weights varies across the globe.
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
How do decisions about scoring affect who wins a combined event such as the decathlon?
Under which circumstances would you choose to play to 10 points in a game of squash which is currently tied at 8-all?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
How high can a high jumper jump? How can a high jumper jump higher without jumping higher? Read on...
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Andy is desperate to reach John o'Groats first. Can you devise a winning race plan?
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?
When two closely matched teams play each other, what is the most likely result?
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?
Is it the fastest swimmer, the fastest runner or the fastest cyclist who wins the Olympic Triathlon?
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Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Scheduling games is a little more challenging than one might desire. Here are some tournament formats that sport schedulers use.
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?
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?
These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?
Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
In this article, Alan Parr shares his experiences of the motivating effect sport can have on the learning of mathematics.
Decide which charts and graphs represent the number of goals two football teams scored in fifteen 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?
This problem explores the shapes and symmetries in some national flags.
Look at some of the results from the Olympic Games in the past. How do you compare if you try some similar activities?
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.
This task looks at the different turns involved in different Olympic sports as a way of exploring the mathematics of turns and angles.
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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How can people be divided into groups fairly for events in the Paralympics, for school sports days, or for subject sets?
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
This problem is intended to get children to look really hard at something they will see many times in the next few months.
Try some throwing activities and see whether you can throw something as far as the Olympic hammer or discus throwers.
Some children have been doing different tasks. Can you see who was the winner?
Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?
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.
Look at some of the patterns in the Olympic Opening ceremonies and see what shapes you can spot.