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Guessing the Graph

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Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?

Global Warming

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

How much energy has gone into warming the planet?

A Question of Scale

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

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?

Efficient Packing

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

How efficiently can you pack together disks?

Big and Small Numbers in Physics

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.

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Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?

Epidemic Modelling

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

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.

Investigating the Dilution Series

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?

Designing Table Mats

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.

Big and Small Numbers in Chemistry

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Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.

Big and Small Numbers in the Physical World

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Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.

Constantly Changing

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Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.

Approximately Certain

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Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size

Bigger or Smaller?

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When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?

Big and Small Numbers in the Living World

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Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.

How Do You React?

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To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...

Does This Sound about Right?

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Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?

Robot Camera

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Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?

Construct the Solar System

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Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.

Perspective Drawing

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Explore the properties of perspective drawing.

Biology Measurement Challenge

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Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.

Logic, Truth Tables and Switching Circuits Challenge

Stage: 3, 4 and 5

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. . . .

Elastic Maths

Stage: 4 and 5

How do you write a computer program that creates the illusion of stretching elastic bands between pegs of a Geoboard? The answer contains some surprising mathematics.

Investigating Epidemics

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.

Electric Kettle

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Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature

Gym Bag

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?

Far Horizon

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An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?

Fill Me Up

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Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in different containers as they are filled?

Big and Small Numbers in Biology

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.

Counting Dolphins

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How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?

Speedy Sidney

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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. . . .

Nutrition and Cycling

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?

More or Less?

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?

Truth Tables and Electronic Circuits

Stage: 3, 4 and 5

Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.

Weekly Challenge 48: Quorum-sensing

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This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.

Alternative Record Book

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In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.

What's That Graph?

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Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?

Fill Me up Too

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In Fill Me Up we invited you to sketch graphs as vessels are filled with water. Can you work out the equations of the graphs?

Isometric Drawing

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Explore the properties of isometric drawings.

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Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?

Mystery Procedure

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Can you work out what this procedure is doing?

Toad in the Hole

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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?

Triathlon and Fitness

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The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?

Air Nets

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Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.

Immersion

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Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the water level rise in each case?

Vector Walk

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Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?

Food Chains

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When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?

Carbon Footprints

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Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?

Pinhole Camera

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Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.

Who's the Best?

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?