How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?

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 bit wrong?

Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.

This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.

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.

Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.

Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?

Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?

Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in error?

See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.

Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.

Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?

By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.

Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?

Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.

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.

Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.

Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.

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.

Build up the concept of the Taylor series

Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size

How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss at harvest time?

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. . . .

Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.

Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.

Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.

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.

Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?

Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.

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.

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?

An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?

Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between its turning points?

Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.

In this short problem, try to find the location of the roots of some unusual functions by finding where they change sign.

Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?

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?

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.