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?
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
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?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
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?
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?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
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.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability
that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action
of a matrix.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations
with this non-linear differential equation
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 calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Use simple trigonometry to calculate the distance along the flight
path from London to Sydney.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices
with these 10 individual problems.
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?
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.