This activity gives an opportunity to gather data, and to make and test hypotheses; it is designed to be accessible to younger secondary school students (KS3).

Detailed teachers' notes for this activity are available on our NRICH website.

You can find out more about archery as an Olympic event and watch video of top archers shooting on the London 2012 website.

Archery

Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the
target a few times.

You may decide that you need to adjust the sight - perhaps the last
person to use the bow was taller or shorter than you, and perhaps
there is a sideways wind that you need to take into account.

Use the interactivity below to simulate this situation:

  • adjust the sight to suit the new conditions

Can you work out the settings for the sight (coordinates) that give
you the best chance of gaining a high score?

Present your conclusion in a way that provides convincing evidence
that you have identified the optimum setting.

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Further information

If you're finding hard to get started, try looking at this hint.

Detailed teachers' notes for this activity are available on our NRICH website, where you can also find thousands more mathematical resources including problems, investigations and games for all ages from 5 to 19.