Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
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.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in
different containers as they are filled?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
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.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
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. . . .
If I don't have the size of cake tin specified in my recipe, will the size I do have be OK?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
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.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
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. . . .
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?
Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?
Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
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?
Explore the properties of isometric drawings.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out
what the graphs of the water level should look like?