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More or Less?

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?

Approximately Certain

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

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

Counting Dolphins

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?

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.

Bigger or Smaller?

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

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

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?

Fill Me Up

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

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

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?

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?

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...

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?

Food Chains

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

Biology Measurement Challenge

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

Investigating the Dilution Series

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Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?

Big and Small Numbers in Chemistry

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Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.

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. . . .

Global Warming

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How much energy has gone into warming the planet?

Investigating Epidemics

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

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

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.

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.

Big and Small Numbers in Physics

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.

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?

Efficient Packing

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

How efficiently can you pack together disks?

Big and Small Numbers in the Physical World

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

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

Olympic Records

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Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?

Weekly Challenge 48: Quorum-sensing

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

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. . . .

Big and Small Numbers in the Living World

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

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

Triathlon and Fitness

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

How Would You Score It?

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

Invent a scoring system for a 'guess the weight' competition.

Electric Kettle

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature

Olympic Measures

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?

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.

Gym Bag

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

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

Alternative Record Book

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

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

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.

Construct the Solar System

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

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

Designing Table Mats

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

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

Chocolate Cake

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

If I don't have the size of cake tin specified in my recipe, will the size I do have be OK?

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?

Pinhole Camera

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

Carbon Footprints

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

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

Back Fitter

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10 graphs of experimental data are given. Can you use a spreadsheet to find algebraic graphs which match them closely, and thus discover the formulae most likely to govern the underlying processes?

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Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?

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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?

Genetics

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A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.

Maths Filler

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Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?

Isometric Drawing

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

Explore the properties of isometric drawings.

Robot Camera

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

Speed-time Problems at the Olympics

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?