10 graphs of experimental data are given. Can you use a spreadsheet to find algebraic graphs which match them closely, and thus discover the formulae most likely to govern the underlying processes?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in
Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between
its turning points?
Match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals.
Can you match these equations to these graphs?
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?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in
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 is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Can you find the volumes of the mathematical vessels?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
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?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
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.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential
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?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations
with this non-linear differential equation
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.
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability
that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series