Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
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.
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in error?
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?
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
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?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations with this non-linear differential equation
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals.
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
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.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Use your skill and judgement to match the sets of random data.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.