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Friday, January 1, 2016

Geometry of Track & Field Events

Geometry is essential for track and field. Take a moment to write down a few ways in which geometry affects the precision of the sport. 

Discussion Questions
  1. What data is necessary to collect in order to understand the role of geometry in track and field events, including running, hurdles, long jump, triple hump, high jump, pole vault, shot put, javelin, discus, and hammer? 
  2. What spatial perspectives and/or mathematical planes are important for precision? 

One figure in The Geometry of Summer Olympic Sports, centered below, features a sprinter on the track. 

Discussion Questions
  1. What angles can be measured on the diagram, in order to understand the accuracy of technique?  
  2. Is any essential information missing from the picture? What is necessary in order to measure that information?

Geometry diagrams featuring track and field events are available in the following book from Schottenbauer Publishing:

Geometry Workbooks

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