Basketball isn’t just about chucking the ball so it lands in the net. There’s a lot of excitement in how you throw the ball, and how far. And this was certainly true when Drake University student Alex Tillinghast had the chance to win a truck by making 4 different shots in 30 seconds. Did he make it? Read on to find out and do the math!
If you love a good contest and a chance to win a prize, you might be excited about a new one at Guinness World Records. As of this year they’ve been tracking records for 60 years, and so they’re celebrating their own birthday with a competition. Click “Read More” to find out about it – and see how much math is involved in breaking world records!
If there’s one time you get to see super-strong, super-fast people do amazing stunts, it’s on “American Ninja Warrior.” Athletes have to do all kinds of stunts to get through crazy obstacle courses like climbing tilted ladders and run across tipping mats. Click “Read More” to see the math needed to get through the obstacles!
Yesterday at Alexandra Palace in London, a guy named Phil “The Power” Taylor won the world professional dart championship for the 16th time. Whoa! And throwing darts is no easy sport: you aren’t just aiming for the middle of the dartboard the whole time. As you see in this picture, each wedge of the board has a number, which equals the points you score if you throw your dart there – except for the skinny green and red rings, which double or triple those points. Even the bullseye has multiple parts: its outer ring is worth 25 points, but the very center is worth double that (50). To make matters worse, to win the championship you have to score exactly 501 points, and your final throw has to land on the double ring or the double bulls-eye. So darts aren’t just a matter of good aim – you have to do the math right, too.