In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.
Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
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?
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Practice your skills of measurement and estimation using this interactive measurement tool based around fascinating images from biology.
Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?
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. . . .
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
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?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
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.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Explore the properties of isometric drawings.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?
Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in different containers as they are filled?
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the
water level rise in each case?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?
These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
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.