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### CSI: Chemical Scene Investigation

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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...

### Smoke and Daggers

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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. . . .

##### Stage: 5

Read about the mathematics behind the measuring devices used in quantitative chemistry

### What Salt?

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Can you deduce why common salt isn't NaCl_2?

### Reaction Rates!

##### Stage: 5

Fancy learning a bit more about rates of reaction, but don't know where to look? Come inside and find out more...

### Clear as Crystal

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Unearth the beautiful mathematics of symmetry whilst investigating the properties of crystal lattices

### Diamonds Aren't Forever

##### Stage: 5 Challenge Level:

Ever wondered what it would be like to vaporise a diamond? Find out inside...

### Chance of That

##### Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

What's the chance of a pair of lists of numbers having sample correlation exactly equal to zero?

### Trig-trig

##### Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

Explore the properties of combinations of trig functions in this open investigation.

### Spirostars

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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?

### Global Warming

##### Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

How much energy has gone into warming the planet?

### Stirling Work

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See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.

### The Power of Dimensional Analysis

##### Stage: 4 and 5

An introduction to a useful tool to check the validity of an equation.

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Some of our more advanced investigations

### Problem Solving: Opening up Problems

##### Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

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. . . .

### Eight Ratios

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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 Regular Polygons

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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?

### Big and Small Numbers in the Living World

##### Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.

### Number Chains

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Find all the periodic cycles and fixed points in this number sequence using any whole number as a starting point.

### A Rational Search

##### Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

Investigate constructible images which contain rational areas.

### Powerfully Fast

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Explore the power of aeroplanes, spaceships and horses.

### Big and Small Numbers in Physics

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Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.

### Bessel's Equation

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Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.

### Robot Camera

##### Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?

### Genetic Intrigue

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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. . . .

### Big and Small Numbers in the Physical World

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Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.

### Big and Small Numbers in Chemistry

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Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.

### Taking Trigonometry Series-ly

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Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.

### Escape from Planet Earth

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How fast would you have to throw a ball upwards so that it would never land?

### Scale Invariance

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By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.

### Sextet

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Investigate x to the power n plus 1 over x to the power n when x plus 1 over x equals 1.

### The Invertible Trefoil

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When is a knot invertible ?

### 9 Hole Light Golf

##### Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?

### Few and Far Between?

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Can you find some Pythagorean Triples where the two smaller numbers differ by 1?

### What Do Functions Do for Tiny X?

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Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.

### Peeling the Apple or the Cone That Lost Its Head

##### Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

How much peel does an apple have?

### Making More Tracks

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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?

### Geometry and Gravity 1

##### Stage: 3, 4 and 5

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.

### Spiroflowers

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Analyse these repeating patterns. Decide on the conditions for a periodic pattern to occur and when the pattern extends to infinity.

### Building Approximations for Sin(x)

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Build up the concept of the Taylor series

### A Different Differential Equation

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Explore the properties of this different sort of differential equation.

### Odd Stones

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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.

### Alternative Record Book

##### Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.

### Snookered

##### Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

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?

### Designing Table Mats

##### Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.

### There's Always One Isn't There

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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.

### Bent Out of Shape

##### Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

An introduction to bond angle geometry.

### Take Ten Sticks

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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?

### Track Design

##### Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?