Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Math and Science of Sports

Well Home has produced an interesting infographic showing the energy expended by athletes performing various athletic tasks. I've seen other infographics like this and usually they only mention calories. Well Home's infographic mentions calories as well as watts and speed measurements. Well Home's infographic could be printed and displayed in health, physical education, and or mathematics classes.

Well Home's Energy in Sports infographic reminded me of another resource for that contains mathematics and science lessons in the context of sports. ESPN's series Sports Science looks at the mathematics and science involved in various athletic feats. Embedded below is an episode about the bicycle kick in soccer.


Applications for Education
I'm always looking for "hooks" that will get students interested in the lessons I teach. If I was a mathematics teacher or science teacher I might look for some episodes of Sports Science to hook students into a lesson.

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