This article (the first of two) contains ideas for investigations. Space-time, the curvature of space and topology are introduced with some fascinating problems to explore.
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Draw three equal line segments in a unit circle to divide the circle into four parts of equal area.
Analyse these repeating patterns. Decide on the conditions for a periodic pattern to occur and when the pattern extends to infinity.
When is a knot invertible ?
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
We all know that smoking poses a long term health risk and has the potential to cause cancer. But what actually happens when you light up a cigarette, place it to your mouth, take a tidal breath. . . .
Can you deduce why common salt isn't NaCl_2?
An introduction to a useful tool to check the validity of an equation.
Fancy learning a bit more about rates of reaction, but don't know where to look? Come inside and find out more...
There has been a murder on the Stevenson estate. Use your analytical chemistry skills to assess the crime scene and identify the cause of death...
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Unearth the beautiful mathematics of symmetry whilst investigating the properties of crystal lattices
Read about the mathematics behind the measuring devices used in quantitative chemistry
Investigate constructible images which contain rational areas.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
An introduction to bond angle geometry.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Read all about electromagnetism in our interactive article.
Explore the power of aeroplanes, spaceships and horses.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Dip your toe into the fascinating topic of genetics. From Mendel's theories to some cutting edge experimental techniques, this article gives an insight into some of the processes underlying. . . .
How fast would you have to throw a ball upwards so that it would never land?
How much peel does an apple have?
Where we follow twizzles to places that no number has been before.
Investigate x to the power n plus 1 over x to the power n when x plus 1 over x equals 1.
All types of mathematical problems serve a useful purpose in mathematics teaching, but different types of problem will achieve different learning objectives. In generalmore open-ended problems have. . . .
Can you find some Pythagorean Triples where the two smaller numbers differ by 1?
Explore the properties of this different sort of differential equation.
Take ten sticks in heaps any way you like. Make a new heap using one from each of the heaps. By repeating that process could the arrangement 7 - 1 - 1 - 1 ever turn up, except by starting with it?
On a "move" a stone is removed from two of the circles and placed in the third circle. Here are five of the ways that 27 stones could be distributed.
In a snooker game the brown ball was on the lip of the pocket but it could not be hit directly as the black ball was in the way. How could it be potted by playing the white ball off a cushion?
Find all the periodic cycles and fixed points in this number sequence using any whole number as a starting point.
Two perpendicular lines lie across each other and the end points are joined to form a quadrilateral. Eight ratios are defined, three are given but five need to be found.
Two polygons fit together so that the exterior angle at each end of their shared side is 81 degrees. If both shapes now have to be regular could the angle still be 81 degrees?
Take any pair of numbers, say 9 and 14. Take the larger number, fourteen, and count up in 14s. Then divide each of those values by the 9, and look at the remainders.
What's the chance of a pair of lists of numbers having sample correlation exactly equal to zero?
Some of our more advanced investigations
A spiropath is a sequence of connected line segments end to end taking different directions. The same spiropath is iterated. When does it cycle and when does it go on indefinitely?
Given the equation for the path followed by the back wheel of a bike, can you solve to find the equation followed by the front wheel?
Build up the concept of the Taylor series