There are three main styles people use for the high jump - scissors, straddle and the Fosbury Flop (named for Dick Fosbury, who invented it). At school, people are often taught scissors first, and only go on to the other styles if they show promise. Why do you think good jumpers don't use the scissors style. What do you think is the advantage of the Fosbury Flop?
In some events being big is an advantage, in others it is a hindrance. Weightlifters need to be as big as possible for their weight category, shot putters need weight to enable them to propel the shot as far as possible. However long distance runners need to be light, so that they are not wasting energy on carrying body weight.
An enrichment session for Y11 students studying for their terminal GCSE exams. We will look briefly at the history of the quadratic equation and why it is so important. Then we will use a spreadsheet for practice in factorising QEs and to consider how the equation and the solutions relate to the graph. The main part of the session will be a practical investigation of a mathematical model for a falling object. There is also a problem to solve about a drop goal, which could be used for follow-up work if there is insufficient time in the session to tackle it.
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Students will be introduced to special relativity, and will look at the differences between Galileo's concept of motion and that used in special relativity. In the afternoon session, students will carry out practical investigations of the geometrical properties of curved surfaces. This conference has been offered in previous years, but will be further developed this year in the light of previous experience.