Show that even a very powerful spaceship would eventually run out of overtaking power
A look at a fluid mechanics technique called the Steady Flow Momentum Equation.
This is the technology section of stemNRICH - Core.
Explore the power of aeroplanes, spaceships and horses.
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?
Where will the spaceman go when he falls through these strange planetary systems?
A think about the physics of a motorbike riding upside down
How high will a ball taking a million seconds to fall travel?
Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a step.
Find out how to model a battery mathematically
A ball whooshes down a slide and hits another ball which flies off the slide horizontally as a projectile. How far does it go?
A simplified account of special relativity and the twins paradox.
Explore displacement/time and velocity/time graphs with this mouse motion sensor.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Find out why water is one of the most amazing compounds in the universe and why it is essential for life. - UNDER DEVELOPMENT
Dip your toe into the world of quantum mechanics by looking at the Schrodinger equation for hydrogen atoms
How fast would you have to throw a ball upwards so that it would never land?
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Problems which make you think about the kinetic ideas underlying the ideal gas laws.
A look at the fluid mechanics questions that are raised by the Stonehenge 'bluestones'.
Have you got the Mach knack? Discover the mathematics behind exceeding the sound barrier.
Read all about electromagnetism in our interactive article.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Find out some of the mathematics behind neural networks.
What is an AC voltage? How much power does an AC power source supply?
Look at the units in the expression for the energy levels of the electrons in a hydrogen atom according to the Bohr model.
Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these physical quantities.
See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after all.
Investigate why the Lennard-Jones potential gives a good approximate explanation for the behaviour of atoms at close ranges
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.
Explore the Lorentz force law for charges moving in different ways.
Can you work out the natural time scale for the universe?
engNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH Advanced site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of engineering
Can you arrange a set of charged particles so that none of them start to move when released from rest?
Explore the energy of this incredibly energetic particle which struck Earth on October 15th 1991
An article demonstrating mathematically how various physical modelling assumptions affect the solution to the seemingly simple problem of the projectile.
PhysNRICH is the area of the StemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of physics
When a mixture of gases burn, will the volume change?
Things are roughened up and friction is now added to the approximate simple pendulum
Explore the rates of growth of the sorts of simple polynomials often used in mathematical modelling.
Can you match up the entries from this table of units?
Advanced problems in the mathematical sciences.
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?
Ever wondered what it would be like to vaporise a diamond? Find out inside...
Explore how can changing the axes for a plot of an equation can lead to different shaped graphs emerging
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. . . .
A look at different crystal lattice structures, and how they relate to structural properties
This is the area of the advanced stemNRICH site devoted to the core applied mathematics underlying the sciences.
Some explanations of basic terms and some phenomena discovered by ancient astronomers