Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
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?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
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.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
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.
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.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations
with this non-linear differential equation
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
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.
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability
that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
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.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
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?
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
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.
In this short problem, can you deduce the likely location of the odd ones out in six sets of random numbers?
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its
stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Use simple trigonometry to calculate the distance along the flight
path from London to Sydney.
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.
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.