In this short problem, try to find the location of the roots of
some unusual functions by finding where they change sign.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
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.
Use your skill and knowledge to place various scientific lengths in order of size. Can you judge the length of objects with sizes ranging from 1 Angstrom to 1 million km with no wrong attempts?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
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.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
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.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
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.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
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?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
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.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
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.
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?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in
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.
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.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices
with these 10 individual problems.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out
what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?