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Motocross at the Millennium Dome
A time-lapse of the building of a motocross track at the Millennium Dome, including footage of the race. Preparing the arena, bulldozers dance around with tonnes of dirt getting the central arena ready for a motocross event. Motorbikes are shown jumping over different sized jumps at different speeds, with varying trajectories. The motorbikes also race around the track five times with split timings to see who will win.
Can be used as a starter with the question 'Where's the Maths in this?', promoting thinking in depth about the physical structure of the Dome.
Can be used to promote questions about the Mathematics of motion: what factors govern the way a motocross bike jumps, and how can the riders and track designers control these? What do the split times tell us about the speeds of the various bikes?
Can also be used as an extension when looking at graphs of quadratics, beginning to explore the idea of projectiles.
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