The Mathematics of Sports

Well, that time of year has rolled around once again for hunches and educated guesses as to who will become the next Major League Baseball winners. Sports and mathematics have long been intertwined on and off the ballfield. Within our library collection, you will find materials about analyzing sports statistics in addition to understanding the science or economics of various sports.

A NJIT professor used math analytics to project 2011 Major League Baseball winners. Was he correct? Yes is the short answer. Read on for details of predictions based on the development of his mathematical model! This Kresge library blog post contains a few items from our collection about mathematics and baseball or other sports.

But if you are already getting ready for the football season, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Football League (NFL) have teamed up to release the “Science of NFL Football”–an informative, 10-part video series that explores the science behind America’s most beloved sport. Mathematical videos cover vectors, projectile motion and parabolas,  kinematics, geometric shapes of spheres, ellipses and prolate spheroids, Newton’s First, Second and Third Laws of Motion, torque, and the Pythagorean Theorem. Lessons from Lessonpoly accompany each video.

Cook Mathematics collection
Mathematics in games, sports, and gambling : the games people play

QA401 .G658 2010
The mathematics of projectiles in sport

QA862.P76 D38 1990
What is a P-value anyway? : 34 stories to help you actually understand statistics

QA276.12 .V53 2010

Safari Books Online
Stumbling On Wins in Football: Two Economists Expose the Pitfalls on the Road to Victory in Professional Sports

Notices of the American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Baseball and Markov Chains

Baker Berry
Frontiers in Major League Baseball : nonparametric analysis of performance using data envelopment analysis
HA31.38 .R84 2011

Online
Journal of quantitative analysis in sports

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