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ERIC Number: EJ947926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0268-3679
Staggering and Unwinding on an Athletics Track: Interesting Curves
Haines, Chris
Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, v30 n4 p197-209 Dec 2011
With the London 2012 Olympics coming up, now is a good time for teachers to turn to track and field athletics for an application that has the potential to be intrinsically interesting to many pupils in schools new undergraduates. In this article, curves, well-known amongst former generations of pupils, are revisited by looking at the markings on the track for competitors in a range of events. Reciprocal spirals and involutes of circles emerge. These describe staggered starts and curved start lines, respectively. Modelling and other practical tasks based on measurements laid down by the IAAF are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)