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.
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true?
Or it is impossible to say?
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its
stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
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.
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?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Use simple trigonometry to calculate the distance along the flight
path from London to Sydney.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations
with this non-linear differential equation
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
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.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action
of a matrix.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices
with these 10 individual problems.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
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?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out
what the graphs of the water level should look like?