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
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.
Can you find the volumes of the mathematical vessels?
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.
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.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
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?
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations
with this non-linear differential equation
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its
stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Estimate areas using random grids
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
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.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the
water level rise in each case?
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
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.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
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?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Can you match these equations to these graphs?