To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?
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. . . .
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.
Use the computer to model an epidemic. Try out public health policies to control the spread of the epidemic, to minimise the number of sick days and deaths.
Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
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?
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?
Explore the properties of isometric drawings.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
If I don't have the size of cake tin specified in my recipe, will the size I do have be OK?
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
Learn about the link between logical arguments and electronic circuits. Investigate the logical connectives by making and testing your own circuits and fill in the blanks in truth tables to record. . . .
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in
different containers as they are filled?
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
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?
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.
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
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?
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
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?
Invent a scoring system for a 'guess the weight' competition.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out
what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the
water level rise in each case?
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
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.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?