Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability
that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
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.
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
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?
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?
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?
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?
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Shows that Pythagoras for Spherical Triangles reduces to
Pythagoras's Theorem in the plane when the triangles are small
relative to the radius of the sphere.
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
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.
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its
stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
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.
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals.
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action
of a matrix.
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.