Math in Sports

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Course Description

In this course you will learn to use some mathematical tools that can help predict and analyze sporting performances and outcomes. This course will help coaches, players, and enthusiasts to make educated decisions about strategy, training, and execution. We will discuss topics such as the myth of the Hot Hand and the curse of the Sports Illustrated cover; how understanding data can improve athletic performance; and how best to pick your Fantasy Football team. We will also see how elementary Calculus provides insight into the biomechanics of sports and how game theory can help improve an athlete’s strategy on the field.
 
In this course you will learn:

  1. How a basic understanding of probability and statistics can be used to analyze sports and other real life situations.
  2. How to model physical systems, such as a golf swing or a high jump, using basic equations of motion.
  3. How to best pick your Fantasy Football, March Madne...

In this course you will learn to use some mathematical tools that can help predict and analyze sporting performances and outcomes. This course will help coaches, players, and enthusiasts to make educated decisions about strategy, training, and execution. We will discuss topics such as the myth of the Hot Hand and the curse of the Sports Illustrated cover; how understanding data can improve athletic performance; and how best to pick your Fantasy Football team. We will also see how elementary Calculus provides insight into the biomechanics of sports and how game theory can help improve an athlete’s strategy on the field.
 
In this course you will learn:

  1. How a basic understanding of probability and statistics can be used to analyze sports and other real life situations.
  2. How to model physical systems, such as a golf swing or a high jump, using basic equations of motion.
  3. How to best pick your Fantasy Football, March Madness, and World Cup winners by using ranking theory to help you determine athletic and team performance. 

By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding of math, how math is used in the sports we love, and in our everyday lives. 

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Mike King

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
This is an excellent course, touching on basic college-level mathematical subjects and tying them in nicely with the sports world. And it is a wonderful opportunity to get free instruction from professors from such a prestigious university, the University of Notre Dame.
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Nelson Chung

8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
This is probably one of the most interesting courses I've taken. The BUx class on Sabermetrics and this are the two analytics classes offered through EdX. Since I'm already very familiar with the findings and trends of the sabermetrics revolution, I took this class for the opportunity to learn about the physics of sports (which is covered by half the course). Although there wasn't much in the way of biomechanics as advertised, I still acquired some tools that may be beneficial for further study along those lines. They cover all the major team sports, athletic sports, and even extreme sports like mountain climbing.
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Massimiliano Figini

7/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Very good course and professors, I hope there will be a new course in the future to analyze sports with more advanced statistical techniques.
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8/10 starsDropped
4 years ago
I was extremely disappointed in this course. It seemed like it was put together because someone told them to do it, rather than that they wanted to. The lectures were pretty good, but the homework had very little correspondence with them and were rife with errors and omissions, making it difficult to complete the assignments in a reasonable amount of time. In addition, the collateral materials were hand-written scratchings that were just a rehash of the slides presented in the lectures.
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4 years, 1 month ago
The first four weeks tries to use Sport to teach Statistics rather than just teach Statistics and then show how they can be applied to Sports. This makes it more complex than it needs to be and it is still just a dry Statistics course. Hopefully the next sections will be more Sports oriented.
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