This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
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?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
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.
Match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals.
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
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?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
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.
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.
Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in
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.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential
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.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its
stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Estimate areas using random grids
In this short problem, can you deduce the likely location of the odd ones out in six sets of random numbers?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
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.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
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. . . .
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability
that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices
with these 10 individual problems.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out
what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action
of a matrix.