How do decisions about scoring affect who wins a combined event such as the decathlon?
In this article, Alan Parr shares his experiences of the motivating effect sport can have on the learning of mathematics.
Use the computer to model an epidemic. Try out public health policies to control the spread of the epidemic, to minimise the number of sick days and deaths.
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
As part of Liverpool08 European Capital of Culture there were a
huge number of events and displays. One of the art installations
was called "Turning the Place Over". Can you find our how it works?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
PhysNRICH is the area of the StemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of physics
Is this eco-system sustainable?
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
bioNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH site devoted to the
mathematics underlying the study of the biological sciences,
designed to help develop the mathematics required to get the most
from your. . . .
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
From the information you are asked to work out where the picture
was taken. Is there too much information? How accurate can your
A simple method of defining the coefficients in the equations of chemical reactions with the help of a system of linear algebraic equations.
Scientist Bryan Rickett has a vision of the future - and it is one
in which self-parking cars prowl the tarmac plains, hunting down
suitable parking spots and manoeuvring elegantly into them.
Noticing the regular movement of the Sun and the stars has led to a desire to measure time. This article for teachers and learners looks at the history of man's need to measure things.
Jenny Murray describes the mathematical processes behind making patchwork in this article for students.
Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems
give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical
concepts and skills. Read here for more information.
For teachers. Yet more school maths from long ago-interest and
This article explains how credit card numbers are defined and the check digit serves to verify their accuracy.
How can people be divided into groups fairly for events in the Paralympics, for school sports days, or for subject sets?
chemNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH site devoted to the
mathematics underlying the study of chemistry, designed to help
develop the mathematics required to get the most from your study. . . .
An introduction to bond angle geometry.
Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in
different containers as they are filled?
Scheduling games is a little more challenging than one might desire. Here are some tournament formats that sport schedulers use.
There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.
Bilbo goes on an adventure, before arriving back home. Using the
information given about his journey, can you work out where Bilbo
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
How does the time of dawn and dusk vary? What about the Moon, how does that change from night to night? Is the Sun always the same? Gather data to help you explore these questions.