# Maths and the Olympics - January 2012, Stage 1&2

At the start of this Olympic year, here is a collection of resources which show that maths is indeed to be found in many different aspects of sporting events!

## Problems

### The Animals' Sports Day

##### Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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.

### Olympic Rings

##### Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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

### The Games' Medals

##### Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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

### National Flags

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Our Sports

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This problem explores the range of events in a sports day and which ones are the most popular and attract the most entries.

### Going for Gold

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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?

### The Olympic Flame: Are You in the 95%?

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

95% of people in Britain should live within 10 miles of the route of the Olympic Torch tour. Is this true?