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By Ian GardnerLecturer University College Northampton

Original article published 26 September 2007

Use sport as a basis for solving mathematical problems

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Games appeal to most young people and are something that they can relate to from school and wider experience. The activities described here use this theme as a vehicle to extend confidence and capability in problem solving.

Some of the questions raised in this article are the type that might be asked in real situations – in PE lessons, for example. Wherever possible, ‘contrived problems’ should be realistic and plausible, otherwise the subject is at risk of being seen as irrelevant to everyday concerns.

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