What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?

This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.

Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.

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?

Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?

Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?

Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.

Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.

Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in error?

Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.

Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.

Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.

Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?

Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.

Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.

Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?

See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.

Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.

Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.

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?

Build up the concept of the Taylor series

Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.

Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature

Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.

By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.

Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations with this non-linear differential equation

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.

Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?

To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...

Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?

Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.

Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the water level rise in each case?

Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?

Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.

Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size

Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.

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.

In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.

This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.

Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?

Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?

When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?