10 intriguing starters related to the mechanics of sport.
This is our collection of favourite mathematics and sport materials.
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What are your chances of winning a game of tennis?
At what angle should you release the shot to break Olympic records?
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?
How do decisions about scoring affect who wins a combined event such as the decathlon?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Andy is desperate to reach John o'Groats first. Can you devise a winning race plan?
See how little g and your weight varies around the world. Did this variation help Bob Beamon to long-jumping succes in 1968?
Is it the fastest swimmer, the fastest runner or the fastest cyclist who wins the Olympic Triathlon?
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
Under which circumstances would you choose to play to 10 points in a game of squash which is currently tied at 8-all?
Consider the mechanics of pole vaulting
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
See how the weight of weights varies across the globe.
In this article, Alan Parr shares his experiences of the motivating effect sport can have on the learning of mathematics.
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?
A weekly challenge concerning drawing shapes algorithmically.