Use your skill and judgement to match the sets of random data.
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
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.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss at harvest time?
Estimate areas using random grids
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
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?
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.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
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.
How do you write a computer program that creates the illusion of stretching elastic bands between pegs of a Geoboard? The answer contains some surprising mathematics.
In this short problem, can you deduce the likely location of the odd ones out in six sets of random numbers?
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
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. . . .
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?