Math and Sports
Date: 02/26/97 at 18:25:55 From: Alex Parrish Subject: Applying math to sports. Dear Dr. Math, I am doing a math project for school and the theme is applying math to real life situations. I have the topic of applying math to sports. The only thing I can come up with is using math or geometry to make the court or field just the right size. I could also look at how they keep statistics. Maybe they use math to see what boosts sales of their jerseys, caps, etc. Do you have any ideas on how math can be applied to sports? Thank you so much.
Date: 02/26/97 at 18:42:05 From: Doctor Sarah Subject: Re: Applying math to sports. Hi Alex - You can make up good geometry problems having to do with sports. The Math Forum's Geometry Problem of the Week has some great examples using football. Check these out: http://mathforum.org/pow/solutio41.html Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys took the handoff and ran toward the right sideline, eventually going out of bounds five yards downfield. What's the minimum distance he could have run? http://mathforum.org/pow/solutio52.html It's Superbowl Sunday and the Steelers are losing 20-17. They have a chance to tie the football game with a field goal (worth three points) from 50 yards away. If the kicker is on a direct line to the goal posts, how far off that line could the ball be when it crosses the line of scrimmage and still go through the goal posts? How far does the kicker have to kick it to get it over the cross bar? http://mathforum.org/geopow/archive/013197.geopow.html Super Bowl Goal Posts: If a football goalpost were rotated around the support post so that one corner ended up 1 inch from its original position, how far would the top of one upright be from where it started? http://mathforum.org/geopow/archive/solutio92.html Kickoff Return: Herschel Walker received the kickoff on the right hash mark at the 7 yard line and ran it back to the other 7 yard line on the left side of the field for a total of 86 yards. Was the actual distance close to a 100-yard dash? You'll find comments on the problems and solutions on the Web. Enjoy! -Doctor Sarah, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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