The Hot Hand and Other Ways to Relate Math in Sports

Michael Pillsbury, Mathematics, Randolph Middle School

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In this unit math teachers will be provided information related to the specific topics they are to cover such as statistics and probability, algebra concepts related to the use of formulas in real life scenarios as well as the rules of exponents and operations with integers. The concept of the hot hand phenomenon will be covered and then the idea of supporting or arguing against will be an exercise undertook by students using the math skills they have learned to support their position. Using exponents to determine success in baseball and how that has changed the way the business of baseball is conducted is ex-plored in the unit. Comparing great runners like Usain Bolt, Jesse Owens and others is possible with the use of mathematics by converting units and creating models. In the unit students will learn about speed and NASCAR and how important it is to hang onto the lug nuts during a pit stop. The games of golf and football will are looked at in a very dif-ferent way that allows for students to use and learn mathematical operations with inte-gers. The unit itself provides numerous ideas to teachers about how to use sports to ex-plore mathematics.