photo of juggling balls

The Mathematics of Juggling

Presented by: Morton College

Juggling is pretty cool but have you ever thought about the math behind how it works? In this video, you will learn about how math can be used to determine whether a created pattern can be juggled. For the full experience, grab a piece of paper and a pencil so you can create your own juggling patterns. Read our paper for a more in-depth look at the mathematics of juggling.

Materials List

These are the materials you will need to follow along with this activity.

  • Directions
  • Paper
  • Something to write with (colored pencils recommended)

About Morton College


Morton College, the second oldest community college in Illinois, was founded in 1924 to meet the educational demands in the growing communities of Berwyn, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney and other near-western suburbs. Morton's Mathematics Department develops students' analytical skills and prepares them to pursue advanced coursework at four-year institutions and careers in business and industry that require mathematical communication, problem-solving and reasoning. Our faculty is committed to provide a quality mathematics education for a diverse student population and to support students' efforts to achieve their highest potential in mathematics.