Long jump involves projectile motion, and mathematics can be used to see what the maximum long jump record could be and why modern athletes can’t quite get there.
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Cycling has become very popular in the UK thanks to our Olympic stars Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Nicole Cook, and more recently Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in the Tour de France. As they speed to their respective victories the last thing on their mind is likely to be maths. But a closer […]
Imagine the reaction if footballers started playing backwards, using the heels of their feet to propel the ball forwards. They’d probably be laughed off the pitch, if they didn’t trip over first. Athletes rarely deviate from traditional techniques simply because they work so well, but sometimes one individual can revolutionise an entire sport. These trendsetters […]
Harald Bohr who was born on April 22nd 1887, was a mathematician and footballer. While studying mathematics at the University of Copenhagen, he played for the Danish national football team in the 1908 summer Olympics. Bohr returned home with a silver medal, after the Danes lost the final 2-0 to the host team, Great Britain, […]
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The runners are lined up on their starting blocks, crouched down in anticipation for the short race ahead. The starter pistol fires, and they spring in to action. Just 9.69 seconds and 100 metres later, Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt has run his way in to the record books. Lightning Bolt Bolt’s incredible performance at the […]
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Swimming records have tumbled thanks to futuristic swimsuits designed with mathematical precision.
In Formula One, fractions of a second can mean the difference between crossing the finish line first or second. Such minute differences mean huge investment has been made in order to engineer a faster car. However, mathematicians trained in operational research techniques are increasingly being employed to provide the cutting edge in a different way: pit stop strategy.
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