INSTRUCTOR:  John Stockie Office: K 10518 Phone: 7787823553 Email: stockie at math.sfu.ca Web: http://www.math.sfu.ca/~stockie/teaching/math302/ 
CLASS TIMES:  Monday 10:3011:20, WMC 3210 Thursday 10:3012:20, AQ 3005 
MY OFFICE HOURS:  Thursday 12:301:30 or by appointment 
TUTORIAL:  The tutorials will be run by John Kluesner (jkluesne [at] sfu.ca) and are
held at the following times: Tuesday (D101) 9:3010:20, WMC 2507 Tuesday (D102) 12:3013:20, AQ 5008 
PREREQUISITES:  MATH 152 or 155 or 158; MATH 232 or MATH 240. MACM 202 or 203 or 204 is recommended (or equivalent computing experience). 
TEXTBOOK:  The Hidden Mathematics of Sport, by
Rob Eastaway and
John
Haigh (Portico Books, London), 2011. This book is "light reading" compared to the usual math textbook. It is divided into short chapters that each focus on a single sport and that describe in words the sort of mathematics that can be applied to understanding that sport. The book contains only a subset of the material that I will cover, and so I will provide additional material in lecture notes and other references that I will distribute throughout the term. 
HOMEWORK:  Homework assignments will be due roughly every two weeks on Thursdays at 10:30am. You must submit your homework assignment in the appropriate box on the 9000 level underneath the Mathematics Department. DO NOT hand your homework assignments to me in class. Late assignments will be assigned a mark of zero. 
OUTLINE:  
Applications of mathematics to the study of sport, with an emphasis
on Olympic sporting events. The course will be organized roughly
around weekly "modules", each of which focuses on a particular sport
or a common underlying aspect of several sports. Examples of possible
topics of study include:
These and other questions will be tackled using a variety of mathematical techniques, including calculus, linear algebra, probability, statistics and game theory. Examples will be illustrated in class using software packages such as Microsoft Excel, Matlab and Maple, and the code will be distributed to students for their own experimentation. 
MARKING SCHEME:  

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