By Brian Bolt, David Hobbs

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9 See what you can find out about the properties of the elliptical pool tables which were sold in the USA in the mid-sixties. References B. Bolt, Mathematical Activities (Cambridge University Press) L. Mottershead, Sources of Mathematical Discovery (Blackwell) C. B. Daish, The Physics of Ball Games (English Universities Press) The Sigma Project, Billiards The Spode Group, GCSE Coursework Assignments (Hodder and Stoughton) Games and amusements 53 27 • Gambling Gambling is a popular activity - horse racing, football pools, fruit machines, Premium Bonds - and many young people will have knowledge of it through their parents.

Find the range of angles through which it can be hit to enter a top pocket. 5 The amount a ball slows down (a) while rolling, (b) through hitting a cushion, are important factors which a player must take into account when hitting a ball. Design experiments to investigate the retardation. Red ball 6 How is spin important to a cue ball? What is its effect and how is it used? At approximately what height should a cue strike a cue ball so that it rolls across the table without spinning? 7 Suppose that at the point when all the red balls are potted, that all of the coloured balls are on their spots.

Draw in the best straight This test should be carried out with a line you can. What is the equation of the line? minimum of 20 people, ideally with a What physical characteristics do people have considerable range of physical abilities, and whose crosses lie above the line? the results carefully recorded. 30 Sport 4 Predicting a person's ability to broad jump 6 How do physical characteristics affect jumping potential? Measure the vertical jump of a new person and use your graph to try to predict their likely The relative weights of different people of the ability to broad jump.

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