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.
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability
that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
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?
Use simple trigonometry to calculate the distance along the flight
path from London to Sydney.
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.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
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?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
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 pdfs match the curves?
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the
water level rise in each case?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its
stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
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?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss
at harvest time?
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.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices
with these 10 individual problems.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true?
Or it is impossible to say?
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
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.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out
what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?