How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
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?
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.
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.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals.
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
Estimate areas using random grids
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss at harvest time?
Use your skill and judgement to match the sets of random data.
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. . . .
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.
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.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in error?
Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between its turning points?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
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?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
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?
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.
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.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
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 efficiently can you pack together disks?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
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?
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.