How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
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.
Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Estimate areas using random grids
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss
at harvest time?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
In this short problem, try to find the location of the roots of
some unusual functions by finding where they change sign.
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Use your skill and judgement to match the sets of random data.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability
that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out
what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices
with these 10 individual problems.
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.
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
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?
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action
of a matrix.