Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
When a mixture of gases burn, will the volume change?
Find out why water is one of the most amazing compounds in the
universe and why it is essential for life. - UNDER DEVELOPMENT
An introduction to a useful tool to check the validity of an equation.
How fast would you have to throw a ball upwards so that it would
Read all about electromagnetism in our interactive article.
A look at the fluid mechanics questions that are raised by the
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.
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
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?
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?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Explore the power of aeroplanes, spaceships and horses.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
How high will a ball taking a million seconds to fall travel?
See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after
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?
Can you work out the natural time scale for the universe?
Show that even a very powerful spaceship would eventually run out
of overtaking power
Ever wondered what it would be like to vaporise a diamond? Find out
A ball whooshes down a slide and hits another ball which flies off
the slide horizontally as a projectile. How far does it go?
Follow in the steps of Newton and find the path that the earth
follows around the sun.
Investigate why the Lennard-Jones potential gives a good
approximate explanation for the behaviour of atoms at close ranges
Things are roughened up and friction is now added to the
approximate simple pendulum
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?
Find out some of the mathematics behind neural networks.
Can you match up the entries from this table of units?
Have you got the Mach knack? Discover the mathematics behind
exceeding the sound barrier.
Explore the Lorentz force law for charges moving in different ways.
A look at a fluid mechanics technique called the Steady Flow
What is an AC voltage? How much power does an AC power source
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 simplified account of special relativity and the twins paradox.
A think about the physics of a motorbike riding upside down
Find out how to model a battery mathematically
Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a
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. . . .
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
This is the area of the advanced stemNRICH site devoted to the core applied mathematics underlying the sciences.
Explore the rates of growth of the sorts of simple polynomials
often used in mathematical modelling.
Some explanations of basic terms and some phenomena discovered by
Derive an equation which describes satellite dynamics.