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Math in Track & Field

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Mary Price

on 29 April 2014

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Transcript of Math in Track & Field

Calculating Meters
One way to apply math to track and field is to calculate meters in a race with your pace. Track has always used meters as their form of measurement. I don't really know why they only use meters---- it might be tradition or something. I don't know. But anyways, you need to keep a consistent pace because you could easily blow your race if you don't. To calculate meters, you see how many laps you did, and then add up the meters from each lap. Each lap is 400 meters.
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Field Events
You use math when doing field events such as shot put, high jump, and long jump because you have to calculate how far you threw the shot put, how high you jumped during high jump, and how long you jumped during long jump. There are other field events but those a just a few of them.
There are multiple amounts of ways to relate track to math. You have to take into consideration the amount of meters you have to run and calculate the distance until completion. You also have to determine your splits and pace. Finally you can use math to help determine the speed in which you are running.
Calculating Miles Per Hour
How many miles per hour are you running? The way to figure out how many miles per our you are running is to see how many meters you are running in a single second. Then, you need to turn that into a fraction. The amount of seconds per meter over one and next to that then 60 over x. Multiply. Simplify. You should now have your answer representing x, which is over 1.
Math in Track & Field
By: Mary Price

Just in Case
Just in case you didn't know already, the term "split " used in track usually means the time of a single lap in a race. For example I'll give you a 1500 meter run. This is how a few splits would be written: 1:01, 2:44, 4:36, 5:56. Meaning: 1:01 (first lap), 2:44 (first+second lap), 4:36 (first+second+third lap), 5:56 (first+second+third+last lap).
How Many Miles?
A lot of people like to know how many miles they ran total during a track meet. Meaning that they add up all of their races to have a certain amount of miles. Say you ran the 1500 meter race, the 400 meter race, and the 800 meter race. Most people who run track would say that as: the 15, the 4, and the 8. Alright, but the way to add that up would be to split it up into 1600's because 1600 meters is a mile. So, a 1500, 400, and an 800 would be 2700 meters which is 1 mile and 2&3/4 laps (1100 meters).
So... math can be related to track and field. Told ya! Anyways, I can't do a bibliography because all of this "useful" information came from me. I've doing track so long that I just know all this. It's sort-of odd, but I like it.
In this PowerPoint, I am going to tell you how math relates to track and field. Turns out, there are a few ways that math relates to track and field. You will see some of them in this PowerPoint. If you don't think that math can possibly relate to track… then I'm going to prove you wrong!
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