Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true?
Or it is impossible to say?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
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.
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability
that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
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.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
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?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential
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?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
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.
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.
Use simple trigonometry to calculate the distance along the flight
path from London to Sydney.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?