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Basketball: The Math of the Game
Basketball: The Math of the Game
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Sports Illustrated Kids

Basketball: The Math of the Game

How far is it from the three point line to the basket? What is the difference in diameter between a basketball and the rim? How do you calculate a basketball player’s field goal percentage? With every bounce of the ball and swish of the net, math makes its way to the court!

PublisherCapstone Press
BrandSports Illustrated Kids
Age Level10-14 Years
Reading LevelGrades 5-6
Trim Size6 x 9
Page Count48



Library Media Connection - Dr. Tom Johnson, Technology Integration Specialist, The Hockaday School, Dallas,

"Relevance is an important aspect of learning and an interested student will be able to link math skills and sports in these Sports Illustrated Kids books. For example, baseball data is used to figure batting averages, the Pythagorean Theorem is used to figure angles in hockey, basic statistics are calculated using football statistics, and geometry is explored by figuring the area of various parts of the basketball court. Each book is visually appealing and reflects the high energy level of these athletic activities using popular athletes and exciting action shots. The publisher’s portal leads to websites for more information related to the book. A student that is interested in athletics will be able to relate to the math principles that are a part of these various sports. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

May 1, 2012

Teaching Children Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM - Shannon Lorenzo-Rivero, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Scottsdale, Arizona

"Both books present the mathematical concepts involved in the sports of basketball and football, including measurement, angles, probability, area, mean, median, mode, and statistics. Bar graphs, pie charts, and tables help organize the information, making it easier for students in grades 5-9 to understand. . . .I would recommend both books as excellent resources for classroom and school libraries. Boys and girls alike will learn many interesting facts about the sports and how they related to math." - Teaching Children Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM

November 1, 2013

Thomas K. Adamson

Thomas K. Adamson

Thomas K. Adamson has written dozens of nonfiction books for kids on sports, space, math, and more. He lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with his wife and two sons. He likes reading and playing ball with his boys. He also likes to check scores and stats on his phone.

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