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?
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.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
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?
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
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.
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?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
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.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations
with this non-linear differential equation
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true?
Or it is impossible to say?
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Use simple trigonometry to calculate the distance along the flight
path from London to Sydney.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
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.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
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.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its
stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
In this short problem, can you deduce the likely location of the odd ones out in six sets of random numbers?
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
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?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.