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Article: DARTS: Why darts players are secret mathematicians

DARTS: Why darts players are secret mathematicians

They don^t fit the traditional stereotype of mathematicians.


But a scientist from the University of Bath says he has discovered the arithmetic formula used by darts players for the perfect throw.


Visiting fellow Dr Ken Bray has calculated the geometry and physics which the best players in the world unwittingly employ to get the dart at the right place on the board.


To achieve the scores they want, players must keep their head and upper body still, while controlling the speed, angle and spin of the dart – as well as using algebra to calculate their next move.


Dr Bray said: "The amount of complicated maths that is involved in darts is incredibly impressive. Whether the players know it or not, they are working out complicated geometry and physics whilst choosing from hundreds of possible shot combinations."

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He has also calculated that there is no margin for error, and if a player moves as little as one tenth of a degree, they will miss their shot completely.


Dr Bray^s calculations were part of the Get On campaign to encourage adults to brush up on their English and maths skills. The campaign^s partnership with the British Darts Organisation is designed to highlight how academic subjects can be linked to success in sports.


Managing director of BDO Enterprises Olly Croft said: "From mental arithmetic to geometry, darts is all about maths."


Dr Bray also spent four years researching how to take the perfect penalty in football, and is the author of the book How To Score – Science And The Beautiful Game.


Story By: The Bath Chronicle

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