Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these
Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a
PhysNRICH is the area of the StemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of physics
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
A look at the fluid mechanics questions that are raised by the
Read all about electromagnetism in our interactive article.
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. . . .
Find out some of the mathematics behind neural networks.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
This is the area of the advanced stemNRICH site devoted to the core applied mathematics underlying the sciences.
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.
How fast would you have to throw a ball upwards so that it would
Have you got the Mach knack? Discover the mathematics behind
exceeding the sound barrier.
Find out why water is one of the most amazing compounds in the
universe and why it is essential for life. - UNDER DEVELOPMENT
A look at a fluid mechanics technique called the Steady Flow
engNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH Advanced site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of engineering
Explore the power of aeroplanes, spaceships and horses.
How does the half-life of a drug affect the build up of medication
in the body over time?
Ever wondered what it would be like to vaporise a diamond? Find out
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.
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?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Advanced problems in the mathematical sciences.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
How high will a ball taking a million seconds to fall travel?
Can you match up the entries from this table of units?
Can you work out the natural time scale for the universe?
Investigate why the Lennard-Jones potential gives a good
approximate explanation for the behaviour of atoms at close ranges
Look at the units in the expression for the energy levels of the electrons in a hydrogen atom according to the Bohr model.
What is an AC voltage? How much power does an AC power source
Explore the Lorentz force law for charges moving in different ways.
Show that even a very powerful spaceship would eventually run out
of overtaking power
Where will the spaceman go when he falls through these strange planetary systems?
Derive an equation which describes satellite dynamics.
Problems which make you think about the kinetic ideas underlying
the ideal gas laws.
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?
An introduction to a useful tool to check the validity of an equation.
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. . . .
When a mixture of gases burn, will the volume change?
Find out how to model a battery mathematically
A think about the physics of a motorbike riding upside down
A look at different crystal lattice structures, and how they relate
to structural properties
Some explanations of basic terms and some phenomena discovered by