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Constantly Changing

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

Big and Small Numbers in Chemistry

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Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.

Big and Small Numbers in the Physical World

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

Scale Invariance

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

Bessel's Equation

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

Taking Trigonometry Series-ly

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

Big and Small Numbers in Physics

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Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.

Population Dynamics Collection

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

Stirling Work

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

Differential Equation Matcher

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Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.

Whose Line Graph Is it Anyway?

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Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?

Global Warming

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How much energy has gone into warming the planet?

Big and Small Numbers in the Living World

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

Building Approximations for Sin(x)

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Build up the concept of the Taylor series

Air Routes

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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.

Dangerous Driver?

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

Real-life Equations

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Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?

Choose Your Units

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Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?

The Wrong Stats

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

A Question of Scale

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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?

Pdf Stories

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

Guessing the Graph

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

Construct the Solar System

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

Electric Kettle

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Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature

Over-booking

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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?

Polygon Walk

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

Approximately Certain

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

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

Bigger or Smaller?

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

Flight Path

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Use simple trigonometry to calculate the distance along the flight path from London to Sydney.

Spherical Triangles on Very Big Spheres

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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.

Reaction Rates

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

Stats Statements

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

How Do You React?

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

Robot Camera

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

Biology Measurement Challenge

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

Mystery Procedure

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Can you work out what this procedure is doing?

Perspective Drawing

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Explore the properties of perspective drawing.

Track Design

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

Investigating the Dilution Series

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Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?

What Do Functions Do for Tiny X?

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

Designing Table Mats

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

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

Production Equation

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

Cross with the Scalar Product

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

Integration Matcher

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Match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals.

Big and Small Numbers in Biology

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

Counting Dolphins

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How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?

More or Less?

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Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?

Time to Evolve 2

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How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?

Nutrition and Cycling

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

Root Hunter

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In this short problem, try to find the location of the roots of some unusual functions by finding where they change sign.