Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its
stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true?
Or it is impossible to say?
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?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
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.
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
Can you find the volumes of the mathematical vessels?
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
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.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations
with this non-linear differential equation
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
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.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices
with these 10 individual problems.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
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.
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.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out
what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Learn about the link between logical arguments and electronic circuits. Investigate the logical connectives by making and testing your own circuits and fill in the blanks in truth tables to record. . . .
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?