You might think football and mathematics have nothing in common. Prepare to be surprised by five links between mathematics and the beautiful game. The perfect football A lot of research has been done into what makes the perfect football. Applied mathematics research has shown that the smoothness of a football affects the spin and speed […]
Team GB had a sensational summer at the 2016 Rio Olympics, bringing home a total of 12 cycling medals, double that of any other nation. This success is not only down to having the best riders in the world, but also because they ride the best bikes in the world. Having the best equipment is […]
How mathematics is used to compare the performances of Paralympic athletes who experience differing levels of impairment.
Explore a variety of different careers that use mathematics via these career advice videos from icould.com Matt discusses his role as a consultant at the Met Office: Sarah talks about her role in finance management for the Arcadia Group: Chris discusses construction management at Balfour Beatty: Nicola on her role designing satellites […]
In order to celebrate the Rio 2016 Olympics we have put together a collection of past articles from this site on the mathematics behind sport. Click on an image to be taken to an article.
A video presented by Rachel Riley and produced by the Institute of Mathematics & its Applications.
What have golfing and grandfather clocks got in common? It’s all in the swing…
The high jump and pole vault require the athlete to get as far off the ground as they can to clear horizontal bars. In both cases they get a running start. However, to look at the maths behind their sport, you need to look at how high they can jump from a standing start.
How can three or more objects be kept in the air when you’ve only got two hands?
In or out? Sports careers can turn on an umpire’s decision, so now they’re bringing in mathematicians to help make the calls.
Mechanics, the mathematics of how things move, can explain how a little old man bests several muscle-bound opponents.
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