Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true?
Or it is impossible to say?
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations
with this non-linear differential equation
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.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability
that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
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.
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action
of a matrix.
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 how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices
with these 10 individual problems.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
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?
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its
stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Estimate areas using random grids