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Book DetailsDolciani Mathematical ExpositionsVolume: 43; 2010; 329 pp
This book is an eclectic compendium of the essays solicited for the 2010 Mathematics Awareness Month web page on the theme of Mathematics and Sports. In keeping with the goal of promoting mathematics awareness to a broad audience, all of the articles are accessible to college level mathematics students and many are accessible to the general public.
The book is divided into sections by the kind of sports. The section on football includes an article that evaluates a method for reducing the advantage of the winner of a coin flip in an NFL overtime game; the section on track and field examines the ultimate limit on how fast a human can run 100 meters; the section on baseball includes an article on the likelihood of streaks; the section on golf has an article that describes the doublependulum model of a golf swing, and an article on modeling Tiger Wood's career.
The articles provide source material for classroom use and student projects. Many students will find mathematical ideas motivated by examples taken from sports more interesting than the examples selected from traditional sources.

Table of Contents

Baseball [ MR 2766424 ]

Jim Albert — Sabermetrics: The Past, the Present, and the Future

Rick Cleary — Surprising Streaks and Playoff Parity: Probability Problems in a Sports Context

Howard Penn — Did Humidifying the Baseball Decrease the Number of Homers at Coors Field?

Stanley Rothman and Quoc Le — Streaking: Finding the Probability for a Batting Streak

Basketball [ MR 2766424 ]

Tim Chartier, Erich Kreutzer, Amy Langville and Kathryn Pedings — Bracketology: How can math help?

Edgar G. Parker — Down 4 with a Minute to Go

Howard Penn — Jump Shot Mathematics

Football [ MR 2766424 ]

Tricia Muldoon Brown and Eric B. Kahn — How Deep Is Your Playbook?

Chris Jones — A Look at Overtime in the NFL

R. Drew Pasteur — Extending the Colley Method to Generate Predictive Football Rankings

R. Drew Pasteur — When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough: Retrodictive Rankings in College Football

Golf [ MR 2766424 ]

Douglas N. Arnold — The Science of a Drive

Scott M. Berry — Is Tiger Woods a Winner?

Roland Minton — G.H. Hardy’s Golfing Adventure

Roland Minton — Tigermetrics

NASCAR [ MR 2766424 ]

Cheryll E. Crowe — Can Mathematics Make a Difference? Exploring Tire Troubles in NASCAR

Scheduling [ MR 2766424 ]

Dalibor Froncek — Scheduling a Tournament

Soccer [ MR 2766424 ]

Tim Chartier — Bending a Soccer Ball with Math

Tennis [ MR 2766424 ]

Reza Noubary — Teaching Mathematics and Statistics Using Tennis

G. Edgar Parker — Percentage Play in Tennis

Track and Field [ MR 2766424 ]

Vanessa Alday and Michael Frantz — The Effects of Wind and Altitude in the 400m Sprint with Various IAAF Track Geometries

Chris Fisette — Mathematical Ranking of the Division III Track and Field Conferences

Reza Noubary — What is the Speed Limit for Men’s 100 Meter Dash

Stephen Szydlik — May the Best Team Win: Determining the Winner of a Cross Country Race

Anthony Tongen and Roshna E. Wunderlich — Biomechanics of Running and Walking


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This book was fun to read. ... “Mathematics and Sports” was an interesting and enlightening book that contains a great variety of mathematics, sports, as well as the nature of applications. For teachers of mathematics, there are many useful references to making the ideas presentable to students. ...
Chris Arney, Mathematics and Computer Education


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This book is an eclectic compendium of the essays solicited for the 2010 Mathematics Awareness Month web page on the theme of Mathematics and Sports. In keeping with the goal of promoting mathematics awareness to a broad audience, all of the articles are accessible to college level mathematics students and many are accessible to the general public.
The book is divided into sections by the kind of sports. The section on football includes an article that evaluates a method for reducing the advantage of the winner of a coin flip in an NFL overtime game; the section on track and field examines the ultimate limit on how fast a human can run 100 meters; the section on baseball includes an article on the likelihood of streaks; the section on golf has an article that describes the doublependulum model of a golf swing, and an article on modeling Tiger Wood's career.
The articles provide source material for classroom use and student projects. Many students will find mathematical ideas motivated by examples taken from sports more interesting than the examples selected from traditional sources.

Baseball [ MR 2766424 ]

Jim Albert — Sabermetrics: The Past, the Present, and the Future

Rick Cleary — Surprising Streaks and Playoff Parity: Probability Problems in a Sports Context

Howard Penn — Did Humidifying the Baseball Decrease the Number of Homers at Coors Field?

Stanley Rothman and Quoc Le — Streaking: Finding the Probability for a Batting Streak

Basketball [ MR 2766424 ]

Tim Chartier, Erich Kreutzer, Amy Langville and Kathryn Pedings — Bracketology: How can math help?

Edgar G. Parker — Down 4 with a Minute to Go

Howard Penn — Jump Shot Mathematics

Football [ MR 2766424 ]

Tricia Muldoon Brown and Eric B. Kahn — How Deep Is Your Playbook?

Chris Jones — A Look at Overtime in the NFL

R. Drew Pasteur — Extending the Colley Method to Generate Predictive Football Rankings

R. Drew Pasteur — When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough: Retrodictive Rankings in College Football

Golf [ MR 2766424 ]

Douglas N. Arnold — The Science of a Drive

Scott M. Berry — Is Tiger Woods a Winner?

Roland Minton — G.H. Hardy’s Golfing Adventure

Roland Minton — Tigermetrics

NASCAR [ MR 2766424 ]

Cheryll E. Crowe — Can Mathematics Make a Difference? Exploring Tire Troubles in NASCAR

Scheduling [ MR 2766424 ]

Dalibor Froncek — Scheduling a Tournament

Soccer [ MR 2766424 ]

Tim Chartier — Bending a Soccer Ball with Math

Tennis [ MR 2766424 ]

Reza Noubary — Teaching Mathematics and Statistics Using Tennis

G. Edgar Parker — Percentage Play in Tennis

Track and Field [ MR 2766424 ]

Vanessa Alday and Michael Frantz — The Effects of Wind and Altitude in the 400m Sprint with Various IAAF Track Geometries

Chris Fisette — Mathematical Ranking of the Division III Track and Field Conferences

Reza Noubary — What is the Speed Limit for Men’s 100 Meter Dash

Stephen Szydlik — May the Best Team Win: Determining the Winner of a Cross Country Race

Anthony Tongen and Roshna E. Wunderlich — Biomechanics of Running and Walking

This book was fun to read. ... “Mathematics and Sports” was an interesting and enlightening book that contains a great variety of mathematics, sports, as well as the nature of applications. For teachers of mathematics, there are many useful references to making the ideas presentable to students. ...
Chris Arney, Mathematics and Computer Education