Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
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.
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 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.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
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.
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?
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?
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
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.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices
with these 10 individual problems.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true?
Or it is impossible to say?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
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.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability
that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
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?
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
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?
Use simple trigonometry to calculate the distance along the flight
path from London to Sydney.