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.
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?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true?
Or it is impossible to say?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Can you match these equations to these graphs?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
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.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations
with this non-linear differential equation
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
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.
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its
stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
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.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
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.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the
water level rise in each case?
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between
its turning points?
Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in
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?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
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?