Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these physical quantities.

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Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a step.

Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?

See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after all.

A look at the fluid mechanics questions that are raised by the Stonehenge 'bluestones'.

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Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?

How does the half-life of a drug affect the build up of medication in the body over time?

Explore the rates of growth of the sorts of simple polynomials often used in mathematical modelling.

When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?

Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?

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?

Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.

How high will a ball taking a million seconds to fall travel?

Can you work out the natural time scale for the universe?

Gravity on the Moon is about 1/6th that on the Earth. A pole-vaulter 2 metres tall can clear a 5 metres pole on the Earth. How high a pole could he clear on the Moon?

A ball whooshes down a slide and hits another ball which flies off the slide horizontally as a projectile. How far does it go?

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

Problems which make you think about the kinetic ideas underlying the ideal gas laws.

Where will the spaceman go when he falls through these strange planetary systems?

A look at a fluid mechanics technique called the Steady Flow Momentum Equation.

What is an AC voltage? How much power does an AC power source supply?

Have you got the Mach knack? Discover the mathematics behind exceeding the sound barrier.

Look at the units in the expression for the energy levels of the electrons in a hydrogen atom according to the Bohr model.

Explore the Lorentz force law for charges moving in different ways.

Investigate why the Lennard-Jones potential gives a good approximate explanation for the behaviour of atoms at close ranges

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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.

Investigate the effects of the half-lifes of the isotopes of cobalt on the mass of a mystery lump of the element.

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

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

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

Some explanations of basic terms and some phenomena discovered by ancient astronomers

A look at different crystal lattice structures, and how they relate to structural properties

Explore how can changing the axes for a plot of an equation can lead to different shaped graphs emerging

Things are roughened up and friction is now added to the approximate simple pendulum

Explore the energy of this incredibly energetic particle which struck Earth on October 15th 1991

Can you arrange a set of charged particles so that none of them start to move when released from rest?

An article demonstrating mathematically how various physical modelling assumptions affect the solution to the seemingly simple problem of the projectile.