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Contrast this with actual lift body weight and the method used by the Olympic panel of actual lift (body weight - 35)'/3 All the weights are in kilograms. 8 Miscellaneous Investigate scoring systems in golf, showjumping, boxing, cross-country running, basketball, rifle-shooting, decathlon, etc. 1 7 • Noughts and crosses Noughts and crosses is a game with a long history and is played worldwide. It looks easy but one has to think clearly to avoid defeat. However, a player who has analysed and understood the game should never lose.

Van Delft and J. Botermans, Creative Puzzles of the World (Cassell) W. S. Andrews, Magic Squares and Cubes (Dover) W. W. Rouse Ball, Mathematical Recreations and Essays (Macmillan) H. E. Dudeney, Amusements in Mathematics (Dover) 21 • Tangrams Tangrams are moving piece or dissection puzzles of ancient Chinese origin which first became popular in Europe and America in the early nineteenth century and have remained popular ever since. An investigation into the various tangrams and the shapes made from them could be the basis of an enjoyable and creative geometric project.

13 What would be the effect of changing the points scheme? Before 1981 in England two points were awarded for a win and one for a draw. Subsequently three points have been given for a win, and one for a draw. A computer program could be devised to allow various points schemes to be tested. Sport 35 1 4 How good are newspapers at predicting football results? Can you devise a method for predicting next week's results? Compare your method with a method based on random numbers. I D A striking way to represent football results is to use a three-dimensional bar chart showing home scores and away scores.

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