Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a step.
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Advanced problems in the mathematical sciences.
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Find out some of the mathematics behind neural networks.
Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these physical quantities.
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Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Read all about electromagnetism in our interactive article.
A look at a fluid mechanics technique called the Steady Flow Momentum Equation.
Ever wondered what it would be like to vaporise a diamond? Find out inside...
See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after all.
How fast would you have to throw a ball upwards so that it would never land?
A look at the fluid mechanics questions that are raised by the Stonehenge 'bluestones'.
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Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
How does the half-life of a drug affect the build up of medication in the body over time?
Use your skill and knowledge to place various scientific lengths in order of size. Can you judge the length of objects with sizes ranging from 1 Angstrom to 1 million km with no wrong attempts?
Explore the power of aeroplanes, spaceships and horses.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Explore the rates of growth of the sorts of simple polynomials often used in mathematical modelling.
Where will the spaceman go when he falls through these strange planetary systems?
Problems which make you think about the kinetic ideas underlying the ideal gas laws.
Investigate why the Lennard-Jones potential gives a good approximate explanation for the behaviour of atoms at close ranges
How high will a ball taking a million seconds to fall travel?
Can you work out the natural time scale for the universe?
Look at the units in the expression for the energy levels of the electrons in a hydrogen atom according to the Bohr model.
Have you got the Mach knack? Discover the mathematics behind exceeding the sound barrier.
Show that even a very powerful spaceship would eventually run out of overtaking power
Can you match up the entries from this table of units?
What is an AC voltage? How much power does an AC power source supply?
A ball whooshes down a slide and hits another ball which flies off the slide horizontally as a projectile. How far does it go?
Investigate the effects of the half-lifes of the isotopes of cobalt on the mass of a mystery lump of the element.
Explore the Lorentz force law for charges moving in different ways.
Investigate some of the issues raised by Geiger and Marsden's famous scattering experiment in which they fired alpha particles at a sheet of gold.
A simplified account of special relativity and the twins paradox.
Find out how to model a battery mathematically
An article about the kind of maths a first year undergraduate in physics, engineering and other physical sciences courses might encounter. The aim is to highlight the link between particular maths. . . .
An article demonstrating mathematically how various physical modelling assumptions affect the solution to the seemingly simple problem of the projectile.
Can you arrange a set of charged particles so that none of them start to move when released from rest?
A think about the physics of a motorbike riding upside down
Explore how can changing the axes for a plot of an equation can lead to different shaped graphs emerging
An introduction to a useful tool to check the validity of an equation.
Some explanations of basic terms and some phenomena discovered by ancient astronomers