Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
The probability that a passenger books a flight and does not turn up is 0.05. For an aeroplane with 400 seats how many tickets can be sold so that only 1% of flights are over-booked?
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Find the distance of the shortest air route at an altitude of 6000 metres between London and Cape Town given the latitudes and longitudes. A simple application of scalar products of vectors.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in error?
Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between its turning points?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
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?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
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. . . .
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.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
If a is the radius of the axle, b the radius of each ball-bearing, and c the radius of the hub, why does the number of ball bearings n determine the ratio c/a? Find a formula for c/a in terms of n.
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
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.
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.