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Olympic Rings

Place the numbers in the rings so that the sum of the numbers in each ring is the same. Four numbers are already in the correct place and the ring sum is 11.

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Olympic Projects and Investigations for the Keen Mathematical Athlete.

Optimal Running Strategy

Investigate different running strategies for a 400m race. Compare the times if an athlete starts fast and slows down, starts slow and speeds up, or maintains a constant speed. Use data from past Olympic races to support your analysis.

Cumulative Medals

For each day of the Olympics, record the total number of medals earned by your country. For each day work out the cumulative frequency and use these numbers to draw a cumulative frequency chart. Describe the features of your chart.

Impact of Altitude on Performance

Investigate how altitude affects athletic performance. Compare performances of athletes in high-altitude venues versus sea-level venues. Analyse data from events held in cities like Mexico City and compare it to events held in London.

Historical Performance Trends

Investigate the trends in world records over the past century in events like the 100m sprint and the long jump. Analyse how the records have improved and predict future records based on historical data.

Economics of Hosting the Olympics

Investigate the costs and benefits of hosting the Olympic Games. Compare the economic impact on cities that have hosted the games in the past 30 years. Analyse data on infrastructure spending, tourism revenue, and long-term benefits to the local economy.

Gender and Performance

Investigate the performance gap between male and female athletes in various Olympic events. Analyse data to see if the gap has been closing over the years and explore potential reasons for these trends.

Predicting Medal Counts

Use statistical models to predict the medal counts for different countries in the upcoming Olympics. Analyse factors such as past performance, current world rankings, and investment in sports programs.

Medals Pie Charts

Choose five countries that have had a wide range of success in the last Olympics. For each country manually draw a pie chart showing the proportion of gold, silver and bronze medals they won. Comment on what can be seen when comparing the pie charts.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

"One method of finding a solution to a puzzle in which the digits one to nine have to be arranged in a particular formation is by trying every different permutation. This strategy however is very time consuming. Even if it only took one second to arrange the numbers and check whether a solution has been found, you would need to allow over one hundred hours to complete the task!

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Friday, March 23, 2018

"The olympic ring problem, level 3, my class found 3 different answers - one that summed to 14, 13 and 11."

Deirdre Whittington, Alice Smith School

Friday, March 23, 2018

"Oops - just realised that the Level 1 and 2 ones were for 11 and 13! We did try to get one that added to 12 but were unsuccessful......is there one and if not, why not?"

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