OLYMPIC SCIENTIFIC COMPARISONS
Math, Science and Technology Lesson

Created by Miriam Shaw
CRPC GirlTECH '96 Participant
Lago Vista I.S.D.
District Instructional Technologist

Purpose: The student will demonstrate their ability to locate data on the Internet and then answer questions pertaining to different Olympic sports.

Goals: Each student will:

• Access the Internet
• Read the information relating to Olympic Sports
• Use math skills to answer questions referring to the topic

Materials: Internet access, formula cheat sheet, research abilities

Prerequisite Skills: Internet searching skills

Time: Approximately one class period

Procedure: Students will access "The Science of the Summer Games", which is on the WWW. They will look for answers to questions provided in this lesson. Please allow time for the students to answer the questions and do the math problems related to the questions. Students will need to explain how they got their answers.

OLYMPIC SCIENTIFIC COMPARISON QUESTIONS:

1. According to this article, what year is the earliest recording of when competitive swimming began?
2. Was swimming a feature event in the ancient Olympics?
3. If fish have been clocked at 68 mph and humans at 4 mph, who travels at a faster speed? By how much?
4. What part of the body produces 15% of the propulsive force in swimming?
5. Which is more effective in swimming, the s-type movement or the straight pull?
6. What does the term, hyperventilate mean?
7. What is meant by hypoxic training?
8. The future of Olympic swimming will probably changed by improvements in ______________?
9. If the propulsion from the leg kick does not radically change one's speed in the pool, what has been technically and scientifically proven to make the difference?
10. What is the key to everything in swimmimg?
11. In what year were women allowed to participate in Olympic swimming?

These pages were developed through GirlTECH '96, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center.
WebAuthor: Miriam Shaw