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.
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
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.
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
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.
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
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.
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?
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?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in error?
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
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. . . .
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
In this short problem, can you deduce the likely location of the odd ones out in six sets of random numbers?
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations with this non-linear differential equation
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?