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?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
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.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
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?
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
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.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
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?
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations
with this non-linear differential equation
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
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.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
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?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
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 properties of perspective drawing.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action
of a matrix.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.