Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

Build up the concept of the Taylor series

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

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

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.

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?

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

Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature

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

Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?

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

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

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

Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.

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

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.

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

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

Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?

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.

Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.

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

How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?

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

Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?

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?

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. . . .