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 of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate 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.
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
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.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Use simple trigonometry to calculate the distance along the flight path from London to Sydney.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the water level rise in each case?
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?
Which pdfs match the curves?
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
10 graphs of experimental data are given. Can you use a spreadsheet to find algebraic graphs which match them closely, and thus discover the formulae most likely to govern the underlying processes?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
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?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss at harvest time?
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Who will be the first investor to pay off their debt?
Estimate areas using random grids
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
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.