Math Focus 3

Olympic Training

INTRODUCTION

Olympic athletes train very hard for many years before they go to the Olympics. On average, Olympic athletes spend 8 h training each day. They usually spend some time training indoors (for example, running, stretching, weight lighting), and some time training outdoors (for example, skiing or snowboarding).

You must create a training schedule for an Olympic athlete and use increasing patterns to figure out the number of hours of training.

THE PROCESS

1. Visit the web site for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games to see a list of Winter Olympic sports. Choose a sport that you would like to train for.
2. Decide on a number of hours that you need to train each day. The number of hours should be between 6 h and 10 h.
3. Decide on a number of hours you will train indoors, and a number of hours that you will train outdoors. They should add up to your total number of hours from Step 2.
4. Use an increasing pattern to figure out the total number of hours you would train indoors over 1 week (7 days).
5. Use another increasing pattern to figure out the total number of hours you would train outdoors over 1 week (7 days).
6. Write a rule for each increasing pattern.
7. Suppose you wanted to increase the number of hours that you train each week by 2 h every week until the Olympics. Write an increasing pattern to show how many hours of training you would be doing each week after 6 weeks.

RESOURCES

Websites:

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Sports

Materials:

pencil
paper

calendar (optional)