How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
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.
Estimate areas using random grids
In this short problem, try to find the location of the roots of some unusual functions by finding where they change sign.
Use your skill and judgement to match the sets of random data.
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Who will be the first investor to pay off their debt?
Which pdfs match the curves?
How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss at harvest time?
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
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?
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
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?
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
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 suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
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?
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.
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the water level rise in each case?
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
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.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
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...
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.
In this short problem, can you deduce the likely location of the odd ones out in six sets of random numbers?
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.