Shows that Pythagoras for Spherical Triangles reduces to
Pythagoras's Theorem in the plane when the triangles are small
relative to the radius of the sphere.
Use simple trigonometry to calculate the distance along the flight
path from London to Sydney.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
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.
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its
stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Which pdfs match the curves?
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action
of a matrix.
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
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?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
In Fill Me Up we invited you to sketch graphs as vessels are filled with water. Can you work out the equations of the graphs?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
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?
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out
what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the
water level rise in each case?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices
with these 10 individual problems.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations
with this non-linear differential equation
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability
that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Use your skill and judgement to match the sets of random data.