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  1. Exploratorium's Science of Baseball - The Exploratorium
    Interactive (Shockwave) exhibits from San Francisco's science museum include Fastball Reaction Time (can you hit a 90-mph fastball?) and Scientific Slugger (see what makes a home run: vary the angle of the ball, bat speed, and pitch speed, then watch the distance the ball travels). Articles include "Take Me Out to the Besuboru Game," about baseball in Japan; and "Biological Baseball," which offers some facts and reflections on human reflexes, reaction time, and decision-making. Activities include: Thrown for a Curve (learn how to throw a curveball, screwball, or slider); Finding the Sweet Spot (of a baseball bat); Bouncing Balls (how high?); Handle Forces (get a grip!); and Basketball (about the bounce of the ball). "How Far Can You Hit One?" examines the influence of atmospheric conditions, particularly wind, on fly balls. Read "The Girls of Summer" tour to learn about the first professional female ballplayers. "Putting Something on the Ball" discusses the physics of pitching, especially the phenomenon of transfer of momentum. With a "time machine" on the history of the national pastime, animations, video and audio (RealMedia) clips, and a bibliography. Project participants include Louisville Slugger, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Oakland A's, the San Francisco Giants, and Total Baseball. more>>

  2. Harvard Sports Analysis Collective
    Dedicated to the quantitative analysis of sports strategy and management, this Harvard student organization focuses on the intersection of sports, sports business, statistics, and problem solving. Original analysis and research into sports analytics authored by the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective (HSAC) and its members have included "Predicting Overtime with the Pythagorean Formula," "Dynamics of a Pitched Baseball," "The Mathematics of H-O-R-S-E," and "Up Three, Under Seven: The Most Hotly Debated Endgame Scenario." Posts on the blog, which dates back to 2009, have included "Strikeouts and the Anna Karenina Principle," "The NFL Wedge Ban's Effect on Kick Returns," and "Tony Sparano: Not One For Counting or Brilliant Mathematican?" more>>

  3. The Physics of Baseball - Alan Nathan
    Read about the benefits (or not) of corked bats, the differences between aluminum and wood bats, the issues involved with characterizing the performance of bats from a physics point of view, and a description of the collision between a wooden bat and ball. Watch a 50-minute Windows Media Player video of Nathan's talk on the physics of baseball. With links to other sites examining the science of baseball: acoustics, sweet spots, safety, aerodynamics and pitches, dampening out vibrations in aluminum baseball bats, "juiced" baseballs, baseball technology, composite (Baum) bats, batspeed, batting and thinking, NCAA bat standards, and more. more>>


 
  All Sites - 87 items found, showing 1 to 50

  1. 82 Games - Roland Beech
    In-depth statistical coverage and analysis of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The site analyzes team-wide or player-specific shot selection and shot clock usage, production by position, player pairings, foul drawing, turnovers, and clutch play ...more>>

  2. The Aerobie® Flying Ring - Alan Adler
    A scientific paper by the inventor of the Aerobie® flying ring: "The most difficult aspect of the design task is that the disc must fly over a wide range of α (angle of attack).... A conventional Frisbee disc partially accomplishes this by employing ...more>>

  3. Algebra for Athletes.com - Cameron Bauer
    Excerpts from the Nova Science Publishers, Inc., book Algebra for Athletes: algebraic laws illustrated in a variety of sports scenarios; exponents and weight room mechanics; linear equations and speed; vectors and golf; quadratic equations and parabolas; ...more>>

  4. Analytic Cycling - Tom Compton
    Software that provides technical methods for evaluating and estimating cycling performance and parameters. It makes extensive use of differential equations and advanced numerical methods. ...more>>

  5. Authentic Inquiry Maths - Bruce Ferrington
    Blog by an Australian teacher who advocates Tedious Repetitive Activities Involving Number (TRAIN) for the Genuine Application of Mathematical Experience (GAME). Posts, which date back to April, 2012, have included "Top 10 Maths Songs," "Maths and Making ...more>>

  6. Baseball Heat Maps - Jeff and Darrell Zimmerman
    Heat maps, Loess curves, Pitch F/X and Retrosheet downloads: actual vs expected home runs; home run and fly ball distance leaders; total batted ball distance; ground ball and line drive pull percentages; batter swinging or looking strike zone; batter ...more>>

  7. BaseballSavant.com - Daren Willman
    Daily feeds of Major League Baseball (MLB) player matchups and advanced statistics on those players. See, in particular, Willman's Instant Replay Database, which analyzes umpire reviews and manager challenges of fair or foul in outfield, fan interference, ...more>>

  8. Behind the Numbers - Jonathan Sills; ESPN SportsZone
    A monthly column that explores the gray area between math and sports and what happens when exact calculations meet the human, unpredictable factors that make sports so entertaining. A combinatoric and probabilistic analysis of changes in World Cup soccer ...more>>

  9. Bending a Soccer Ball--Mathematically - Michael Trott
    With the World Cup under way, Michael Trott was asked by American Scientist magazine to help with some graphics to illustrate their feature article, "The Topology and Combinatorics of Soccer Balls," by Dieter Kotschick. Michael explains, "Using various ...more>>

  10. ÜberFan - UberFan, LLC
    "The fan's electronic baseball card," UberFan.com gives each fan ownership of Major League Baseball statistics by collecting them from the games he or she watches. Satisfy your curiosity for how many home runs you've seen your favorite batter hit, for ...more>>

  11. Byzantine Basketball - Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles, Alexander Bogomolny
    A problem (with solution) sent by Prof. W. McWorter's: Byzantine Basketball is like regular basketball except that foul shots are worth a points instead of two points and field shots are worth b points instead of three points. Moreover, in Byzantine Basketball ...more>>

  12. Clutch Hitting - Elan Fuld
    Download the PDF of a study examining whether clutch (or choke) hitters exist in professional baseball. Using play-by-play data, Fuld found substantial evidence that clutch hitters exist in Major League Baseball, when sacrifice flies are considered as ...more>>

  13. Computing at the Edge - Ivars Peterson - Science News Online
    To study and predict boundary effects, researchers have struggled to accurately capture erratic, complicated behavior in a computer model. In recent years two schemes for calculating what happens at rapidly evolving interfaces have provided new insights ...more>>

  14. Count On - Department for Education and Employment, UK
    Activities and resources -- some simple and some fancy -- for parents, teachers, and students. Resources offers, among other things, guides: to mathematical misconceptions; for parents helping with homework; for promoters of math fairs; and for providers ...more>>

  15. Differential Equations Resource Page - Gavin Larose, University of Michigan Math Department
    PostScript labs, involving Mathematica 3.0 or better. Also 12 projects, with PostScript notes on solutions, and a brief list of links to other ODE resources. ...more>>

  16. Does March Madness need a time-out? - J. Travis - Science News Online
    Suggestions about the effects of circadian rhythms, daily cycles of physiological activity that every organism experiences, and changes in time zone (causing 'jet lag'), on sports teams. ...more>>

  17. Do the Math - Slate
    A topical series about math in culture, politics, psychology, and other popular themes, many written by math professor Jordan Ellenberg. Articles, which date back to June, 2001, have included "Barry Bonds and the Placebo Effect," "Algebra for Adulterers," ...more>>

  18. Encarta Online - Microsoft Corporation
    Browse or search for math lessons and activities for K-12 students and teachers, from problem solving to probability and more. ...more>>

  19. Exploratorium's Science of Cycling - The Exploratorium
    Organized into seven sections. Introduction: What is the Science of Cycling? The wheel: Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires? Drives and gears: What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient? ...more>>

  20. Exploratorium's Science of Hockey - The Exploratorium
    This site takes you inside the game: you'll hear from National Hockey League players and coaches, as well as leading physicists and chemists. Divided into seven main sections: the ice (why is ice slippery?), skating (what are the mechanics involved in ...more>>

  21. Exploratorium's Skateboard Science - The Exploratorium
    Watch a webcast (RealPlayer) of professional skateboarders performing as an Exploratorium staff physicist explains the physics behind this extreme sport; also, an interview with a skateboard designer, and a Flatland Freestyle demo. "Trickscience" looks ...more>>

  22. FactMonster: 2006 Winter Olympics - FactMonster.com; the Learning Network
    The Fact Monster site, created as part of Information Please from Pearson Education, offers a variety of interesting links for the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, taking place February 10 - 26. The site includes olympic history, sports previews, a timeline, ...more>>

  23. FanGraphs
    Major and minor league baseball statistics and analysis, including graphs, splits, game logs, play logs, spray charts, plate discipline, PITCHf/x, strike zone heat maps, and more for every ballplayer and team. ...more>>

  24. Flip Flop Fly Ball - Craig Robinson
    "A love of baseball plus a love of visual representations equals Flip Flop Fly Ball." Robinson's infographics include Diamonds in Manhattan, a map of every baseball or softball diamond on the island of Manhattan; Baserunning, which puts into perspective ...more>>

  25. Football World Cup Simulation - Alan Parr, NRICH Maths
    A dice game for students, simulating World Cup football (U.S.: soccer) play results, with varying degrees of complexity. ...more>>

  26. Freaky B's Disc Golf - ridiculopathy.com
    Fling a virtual frisbee through an eighteen-bucket disc golf course subject to wind and collision effects. Requires the Flash plug-in. ...more>>

  27. FUNBRAIN: Educational, Online Games for Kids - The Learning Network
    Interactive, educational math games for kids and children of all ages. Games include Math Baseball and Power Football (test your arithmetic at four possible levels), and Change Maker (run a cash register), as well as Fun Match (a memory game for fractions ...more>>

  28. Gender Equity in Sports - Curtis, Grant; University of Iowa
    A resource for investigating the state of affairs in interscholastic or intercollegiate sport. The content and data are primarily based on an ongoing project being maintained by Mary C. Curtis and Dr. Christine H.B. Grant at The University of Iowa. Downloadable ...more>>

  29. Getting Slammed in Tennis - Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
    One arena where it's possible to test the apparent relationship between psychological momentum and sequences of successes or failures is best-of-five tennis matches. The question is whether the result of the first set changes the probability of success ...more>>

  30. HitTrackerOnline - Greg Rybarczyk
    Hit Tracker "determines the true distance a home run travels by recreating the precise trajectory the ball followed during flight, and extending that trajectory all the way back to field level to allow 'measurement' of the home run." Hit Tracker's spreadsheet ...more>>

  31. IDEA: Internet Differential Equations Activities - Thomas LoFaro; College of Sciences, Washington State Univ. (WSU)
    Interdisciplinary computer-based activities for differential equations: a database of computer activities illustrating both mathematical concepts and the application of these concepts in a wide variety of disciplines. DynaSys, Java differential equations ...more>>

  32. IMSA Math Journal - Michele Micetich; Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
    A journal published annually since 1993; each issue contains articles, problems, and activities spanning a wide variety of topics of interest to high school mathematics teachers and students. Articles are available in both on-line and downloadable versions. ...more>>

  33. Internet Lessons - Susan Boone; GirlTECH '95, CRPC, RUSMP
    Lessons with an Internet component, developed for GirlTECH'95, a program funded by CRPC Rice University and the RUSMP. A Functional Housing Market asks students to search the Internet for housing prices and compare them to the area of a house, thus deriving ...more>>

  34. It's Fourth Down and What Does the Bellman Equation Say? A Dynamic-Programming Analysis of Football Strategy - David Romer, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
    PDF download of David Romer's working paper. Reviewing almost 20,000 first quarter plays of National Football League regular season games, Romer analyzed fourth down decision-making and the rarely-questioned consensus that it's better to punt than to ...more>>

  35. Journal of Basketball Studies - L. Dean Turcoliver
    A searchable site that attempts to use well-founded mathematical and scientific tools to study basketball. Contents include an overview of established methods and a list of statistical repositories on the Web. A collection of research articles contains ...more>>

  36. Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports - Benjamin C. Alamar, editor
    The Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports (JQAS) deals quantitatively with a wide variety of sports subjects, such as tournament structure, frequency and occurrence of records, and the optimal focus of training for decathlons. Popular articles have ...more>>

  37. Juggling by Design - Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
    The earliest known depiction of juggling is on the wall of an Egyptian tomb nearly 4,000 years old. The painting shows a woman keeping three balls aloft. It's only in the last decade or so, however, that juggling has become the subject of serious mathematical ...more>>

  38. Juggling by Number (MatheMUSEments!) - Ivars Peterson (Math Muse for Kids)
    Mathematicians have invented a way to write down juggling patterns as sets of numbers. They look at the order in which balls are tossed into the air and then caught. Each toss or catch happens on a particular beat, as if the juggler were keeping time ...more>>

  39. Kicks & Banks - Jim Loy
    This article uses geometry to describe the best ways to set up shots in the game of pool. ...more>>

  40. Learning F. C. - Department for Education and Skills (UK)
    Learning F.C. is a Key Stage 2 and 3 curriculum resource pack of literacy, numeracy, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) exercises on the theme of football. It provides a range of soccer-related curriculum materials for use in study support ...more>>

  41. Learning Network Teacher Connection - Daily Lesson Plans - New York Times on the Web
    A new lesson plan each day, each based on the day's news. Math lessons explore such topics as understanding the value of numbers in the newspaper; calculating refugee camp supply costs; examining the promise and problems of an "internet time" system; ...more>>

  42. March Mathness - Princeton University Press
    Interviews and predictions of sports rankings experts, coaches, and mathematicians which take the power of mathematical methods of rating and ranking, and bring them to bear on the NCAA college basketball tournament. Princeton University Press invites ...more>>

  43. MAT 476: Teaching Mathematics in the Middle and Secondary Schools - Prof. Carol A. Marinas; Mathematics & Computer Science, Barry University, FL
    Forty lesson plans created by teachers from Florida, for grades 4-12 and requiring 1-2 days to complete, with fairly simple preparation. The lessons contain detailed explanations and directions and many lessons are interdisciplinary. NCTM standards are ...more>>

  44. Math and Soccer Video - Sharp Tack Productions
    A video revealing the role played by numbers, graphs, geometry, algebra, angles, area, surveys, and chance data in the game of soccer; for example, how a goalie relies on the properties of angles to know where to stand when defending the goals, and on ...more>>

  45. Mathematical Golf Sketches - Math Forum
    This activity for studying reflections finds the direction to hit a golf ball to get it to bounce off several walls and into the cup (includes a construction of the solution). See also the introduction to this activity (from the Math Forum's 1996 Summer ...more>>

  46. mathletics - Wayne Winston
    From the author of the book by the same title, which reveals "how professional baseball, football and basketball teams use math to improve their performance" à la Moneyball, and also discusses line-up evaluations, the effectiveness of running and ...more>>

  47. MathMastery - MathMastery.com
    Play CyberChallenge Shockwave addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division games. Test Your Skills with placement exams (online or printable) on adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, fractions, and decimals. My Math Class offers Shockwave ...more>>

  48. Math Movement - Tim Chartier
    Blog that focuses on mathematics and the "progress or movement" that occurs in Chartier's teaching, research, writing, and performing. An Associate Professor of Mathematics at Davidson College, Chartier has trained at Le Centre du Silence mime school ...more>>

  49. MathMovesU - Raytheon Company
    Raytheon's national initiative for promoting math in the middle grades. See how math "moves" celebrities such as Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno; pro football player Willie McGinest; soccer player Mia Hamm; BMX biker Dave Mirra; WNBA star Lisa Leslie; ...more>>

  50. Matifutbol - Herminio Lopez
    Brain-teasers, mathematical diversions, and amusements that combine the worlds of logic, mathematics, and soccer: "The Golden Goalkeeper," "Beckham and the reserve player's chance," "Juventus and the Chinese grass," "Ribéry's strange training," ...more>>


 
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