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

Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.

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

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

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?

Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.

How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?

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

What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?

Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?

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.

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?

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

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

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.

How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?

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

Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?

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

In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature

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

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

Build up the concept of the Taylor series

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

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

Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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?

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

In this short problem, can you deduce the likely location of the odd ones out in six sets of random numbers?

Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?