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World Cup Maths: The Mathematician’s Guide to Penalty Shoot-outs

With England.v.Germany looming on Sunday, we thought we’d give you a sneak preview of how England are preparing for another of their famous penalty shoot-outs!

We have produced a new World Cup Maths activity.  To advise Steven Gerrard and the boys on their penalty strategy, your students will need to use a combination of trigonometry, quadratics and distance-speed-time.  We’ve also thrown in some probability questions for good measure.  GCSE grades have been applied to all the questions to give an indication of difficulty level.

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World Cup Maths activity: penalty shoot-out. Click to view. Full pdf available to subscribers.

Click here to download the accompanying worksheet.

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  1. June 24, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    We thought your readers might be interested in today’s Wolfram Blog post, “Simulating the World Cup Knockout Stage” at:

    Glad to see the Sports/Mathematics theme continuing long after Mathematics Awareness Month!

    Carol Cronin
    Wolfram Research

  2. meng say
    August 4, 2010 at 2:49 am

    I want in to this examination

  3. lucyp
    July 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    How long does it take to receive the pdf for the penalty shoot out poster? I subscribe this morning and replied to the email but nothing has happened. I still cannot downoad the hi-res pdf.

    • penelb8
      July 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Lucy
      It’s now on the ‘free resources’ tab on this blog – just scroll down to find the approx 2MB file!

      All the best

      Teaching AQA GCSE Maths

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