In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Two trains set off at the same time from each end of a single
straight railway line. A very fast bee starts off in front of the
first train and flies continuously back and forth between the. . . .
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?
These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?
The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?
Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.
Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
Is it cheaper to cook a meal from scratch or to buy a ready meal? What difference does the number of people you're cooking for make?
If I don't have the size of cake tin specified in my recipe, will the size I do have be OK?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?
Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?
Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in different containers as they are filled?
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
Invent a scoring system for a 'guess the weight' competition.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Practice your skills of measurement and estimation using this interactive measurement tool based around fascinating images from biology.
Explore the properties of isometric drawings.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
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.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Water freezes at 0°Celsius (32°Fahrenheit) and boils at 100°C (212°Fahrenheit). Is there a temperature at which Celsius and Fahrenheit readings are the same?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?