This activity challenges students to undertake some research, calculate with measurements and different units, and make comparisons, and has a number of different parts aimed at students across both Key Stages 4 and 5. For younger students, concentrate on the first few questions dealing with speed, distance and time. Older students studying mechanics and physics may be interested to explore questions on acceleration, stresses and strains.

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



Alternative Record Book

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

 

In the Olympic and Paralympic Games, medals are awarded for the best performances in each event. But what if we used different criteria for writing an alternative record book? 

Investigate some of the questions below to write your own Alternative Record Book.

You will need to do some research to answer these questions, and you will need to make some estimations and approximations. You may also need to refine the questions to make them more precise. If you can't determine an exact value for certain contexts, you could try to compute upper or lower bounds to allow you to compare.


 In which Olympic or Paralympic event does:


  • A human travel fastest? How fast?
     
  • An object travel fastest? How fast?
     
  • An object travel highest? How high?
     
  • A human expend the most calories? How many?
     
  • A human react fastest? How fast?
     
  • A human experience the greatest acceleration or deceleration? How much?
     
  • An object experience the greatest forces, stresses or strains? How much?

Send us your thoughts about which events should be included in the Alternative Record Book, together with your evidence and calculations.

Can you think of any other categories to include in your Alternative Record Book?

You may wish to do some experiments and create an Alternative Record Book for your own school and its athletes.

 



 


Further information

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

You can submit your solutions and your ideas about which events should be included in the Alternative Record Books here.

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