Math and Gymnastics

Aug 14, 2019 | Denville


Simone Biles has been in the news for a very excellent reason. She is tied with the most decorated gymnast of all time and she doesn't seem to be slowing down at all.  Since she is so much in the news and on possibly every magazine cover, it seems like a good time to talk about math in gymnastics.

I'm sure we've mentioned a couple of times before that Math is everywhere so let's prove it.  As is mentioned  in the article below, gymnasts form all kinds of angles while they are twisting, bending, jumping and contorting their bodies in the air.  Take a look at a slow motion clip of Simone Bile's incredible triple-double flip.  Can you find acute, obtue and vertical angles in the clip?  Go back and review the clip and super slow down motion.  You're sure to find them and be amazed.

Also mentioned in the article is the fact that decimals are involved in gymnastics.  Read it and find out how.  Yes - it has to do with scoring.  You'll notice that gymnasts receive scores in decimal form.  You'll also notice that gymnasts do more than one pass at an event and that they receive an overall score.  How do you think they figure that out? Average score.  How do you find the average score?   We are tempted to recite the ditty from childhood.

"Hey Diddle Diddle, the Median's the Middle, You add and divide for the Mean.  The Mode is the one that occurs the most and the Range is the difference between,"

Average = mean.... So now, we know you know how the overall score is derived.

So -- we think we've accomplished what we wanted to do. Math is Everywhere.

Thank you, Simone Biles for giving us this challenge and Congratulations!