• This activity suggests a number of investigative projects, focusing on athletics and swimming, exploring some of the trends between performances in different sports at the same time in history and in the rate of improvement of records over time. These project ideas provide opportunities for mathematical modelling and for handling, processing and analysing data, and are aimed at GCSE and A Level students (Key Stages 4 and 5).

  • Accuracy matters when it comes to building Olympic sports venues. This short article, aimed at older students and the general public, looks at why small errors can have large consequences for record-breaking sporting performance.

  • This activity investigates the importance of accurate measurement in competitive sport, looking at examples from athletics and swimming. It is aimed at secondary maths students (Key Stage 4).

  • One of the most impressive features of the 2008 Beijing Olympics was the beautiful aquatics venue, known as the Water Cube. Looking as if it was sliced from a giant foam of bubbles, the design was based on an unsolved maths problem. Find out more with this article, aimed at older students and the general public.


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