I immersed myself in the Olympics the past two weeks, and when the New York Times posted this article comparing the the results of the 100-meter-dash for every medalist ever, I just knew I had to use it in my class. My plan is to have the students make a table, graph the results, write a line of best fit, predict future finishing times, and describe the reasons for this negative relationship. There are also videos for the 100-meter freestyle and the long jump, so I might divide the students into groups and have them present their results to the class. Any other ideas?

Cool find. Another idea if you’re dealing with younger students would be to use this to figure out the average velocity of the different runners (and convert to mph or kmph). Nathan Kraft

Cool find. Another idea if you’re dealing with younger students would be to use this to figure out the average velocity of the different runners (and convert to mph or kmph). Nathan Kraft

That’s an excellent idea! All of my students are taking physics this year too so it will be great to make that connection.