By Ava S. 9th Grader
Math in basketball?
There is a wide range of math topics used in the game of basketball.
The first one uses simple skills like counting, adding and subtracting. Basketball is a great opportunity for young kids to practice these simple skills. One way they can do this is by adding up the points made in each shot to get the team’s total score. You can also use subtraction to determine how many points a team will need to catch up to the winning team.
You can also use statistics. Statistics are important for analyzing a game of basketball. It can be used to determine individual players strengths and weaknesses.
Percentages are another common way to compare players’ performances.
Geometry is another example of math being used in basketball. Whether the players realize it or not, they use geometric concepts while playing the game, such as the dimensions of the court. Also understanding arcs will help determine how best to shoot the ball. Understanding geometry will help a players defense, help to predict the player’s moves, and also determine how to face the opposing player.
Math is everywhere.