Mathalicious: On Your Mark

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is fast…very fast. He’s also tall…very tall. At 1.96 meters (6’5”), Bolt towers over his competition.

So does this give him an unfair advantage, and what would happen if instead of everyone running the same distance, Olympic sprinters ran distances based on their heights?

In this lesson students use proportions to determine what would happen if Olympic races were organized differently. Would Bolt still win? If sports like boxing and wrestling have weight classes, should track have height classes?


Math Topics
Data, Graphing & Statistics, Problem-Solving, Sports
Middle School
7th Grade

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