# Mathematics in Sport - June 2011, Stage 3&4

This month's resources have been inspired by sport (and the 2012 Olympics) and offer a chance to use mathematics to analyse and explain sporting situations.

## Problems

### Factor Track

##### Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.

### Olympic Records

##### Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

### Who's the Best?

##### Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?

### Who's the Winner?

##### Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

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

### Track Design

##### Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

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

### Training Schedule

##### Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

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?

### David and Goliath

##### Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?