Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability
that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals.
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
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?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
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?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in
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
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true?
Or it is impossible to say?
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?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
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?
How do you write a computer program that creates the illusion of stretching elastic bands between pegs of a Geoboard? The answer contains some surprising mathematics.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
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?
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.
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between
its turning points?