Mathematics and Sports

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Joseph A. Gallian
MAA, 2010 - Mathematics - 329 pages
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"Mathematics and Sports", edited by Joseph A. Gallian, gathers 25 articles that illuminate the power and role of mathematics in the worlds of professional and recreational play. Divided into sections by the kind of sports, the book offers source materials for classroom use and student projects. Readers will encounter mathematical ideas from an eclectic group of writers, including undergraduate students, graduate students, and professional mathematicians. Following a preface, this book contains: (I) Baseball: (1) Sabremetrics: The Past, the Present, and the Future (Jim Albert); (2) Surprising Streaks and Playoff Parity: Probability Problems in a Sports Context (Rick Cleary); (3) Did Humidifying the Baseball Decrease the Number of Homers at Coors Field? (Howard Penn); (4) Streaking: Finding the Probability for a Batting Streak (Stanley Rothman and Quoc Le); (ii) Basketball: (5) Bracketology: How can math help? (Tim Chartier, Erich Kreutzer, Amy Langville, and Kathryn Pedings); (6) Down 4 with a Minute to Go (G. Edgar Parker); (7) Jump Shot Mathematics (Howard Penn); (iii) Football: (8) How Deep Is Your Playbook? (Tricia Muldoon Brown and Eric B. Kahn); (9) a Look at Overtime in the nfl (Chris Jones); (10) Extending the Colley Method to Generate Predictive Football Rankings (R. Drew Pasteur); (11) When Perfect Isn't Good Enough: Retrodictive Rankings in College Football (R. Drew Pasteur); (iv) Golf: (12) The Science of a Drive (Douglas N. Arnold); (13) Is Tiger Woods a Winner? (Scott M. Berry); (14) G.H. Hardy's Golfing Adventure (Roland Minton); (15) Tigermetrics (Roland Minton); (v) nascar: (16) Can Mathematics Make a Difference? Exploring Tire Troubles in nascar (Cheryll E. Crowe); (vi) Scheduling: (17) Scheduling a Tournament (Dalibor Froncek); (vii) Soccer: (18) Bending a Soccer Ball with Math (Tim Chartier); (viii) Tennis: (19) Teaching Mathematics and Statistics Using Tennis (Reza Noubary); (20) Peentage Play in Tennis (G. Edgar Parker); and (ix) Track and Field: (21) The Effects of Wind and Altitude in the 400m Sprint with Various iaaf Track Geometries (Vanessa Alday and Michael Frantz); (23) What is the Speed Limit for Men's 100 Meter Dash? (Reza Noubary); (24) May the Best Team Win: Determining the Winner of a Cross Country Race (Stephen Szydlik); (25) Biomechanics of Running and Walking (Anthony Tongen and Roshna E. Wunderlich).

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I love this book because it provides a wonderful platform to open doors to kids who love sports more than math.

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Joseph A. Gallian is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

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