Sport - June 2012, Stage 1&2

The Olympics are getting closer! What maths can you find in these activities, devised with the help of Professor John Barrow? And don't forget we have a sister website dedicated to Maths and Sport at sport.maths.org

Problems

Opening Patterns

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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

Can You Do it Too?

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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

Who Can Be the Winner?

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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

Olympic Starters

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Look at some of the results from the Olympic Games in the past. How do you compare if you try some similar activities?

Now and Then

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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.

Olympic Turns

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This task looks at the different turns involved in different Olympic sports as a way of exploring the mathematics of turns and angles.