A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?
Estimate areas using random grids
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
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?
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action
of a matrix.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices
with these 10 individual problems.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true?
Or it is impossible to say?
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
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. . . .
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
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.
In this short problem, can you deduce the likely location of the odd ones out in six sets of random numbers?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
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?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out
what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
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?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
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?
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
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.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
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.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.