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. . . .
Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a
This is the area of the advanced stemNRICH site devoted to the core applied mathematics underlying the sciences.
engNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH site devoted to the
mathematics underlying the study of engineering
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Find out some of the mathematics behind neural networks.
A look at the fluid mechanics questions that are raised by the
How does the half-life of a drug affect the build up of medication
in the body over time?
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?
Advanced problems in the mathematical sciences.
How fast would you have to throw a ball upwards so that it would
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
Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these
See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after
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.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Read all about electromagnetism in our interactive article.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Investigate why the Lennard-Jones potential gives a good
approximate explanation for the behaviour of atoms at close ranges
Find out why water is one of the most amazing compounds in the
universe and why it is essential for life. - UNDER DEVELOPMENT
Explore the power of aeroplanes, spaceships and horses.
Ever wondered what it would be like to vaporise a diamond? Find out
When a mixture of gases burn, will the volume change?
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.
Explore the rates of growth of the sorts of simple polynomials
often used in mathematical modelling.
Can you work out the natural time scale for the universe?
How high will a ball taking a million seconds to fall travel?
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
A look at a fluid mechanics technique called the Steady Flow
Explore the Lorentz force law for charges moving in different ways.
Where will the spaceman go when he falls through these strange planetary systems?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
A look at different crystal lattice structures, and how they relate
to structural properties
Problems which make you think about the kinetic ideas underlying
the ideal gas laws.
Have you got the Mach knack? Discover the mathematics behind
exceeding the sound barrier.
An article demonstrating mathematically how various physical
modelling assumptions affect the solution to the seemingly simple
problem of the projectile.
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?
Show that even a very powerful spaceship would eventually run out
of overtaking power
Some explanations of basic terms and some phenomena discovered by
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. . . .
Derive an equation which describes satellite dynamics.
A think about the physics of a motorbike riding upside down
Find out how to model a battery mathematically
Dip your toe into the world of quantum mechanics by looking at the
Schrodinger equation for hydrogen atoms