Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
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?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in
different containers as they are filled?
Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
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.
Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
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 physical contexts.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.
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. . . .
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
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.
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. . . .
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
If I don't have the size of cake tin specified in my recipe, will the size I do have be OK?
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?
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Explore the properties of isometric drawings.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out
what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?
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?