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?
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?
Can you find the volumes of the mathematical vessels?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals.
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
In Fill Me Up we invited you to sketch graphs as vessels are filled with water. Can you work out the equations of the graphs?
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in
Can you draw the height-time chart as this complicated vessel fills
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the
water level rise in each case?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
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?
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out
what the graphs of the water level should look like?
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.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
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?
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true?
Or it is impossible to say?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
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.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
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?
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
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?
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?