Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of
the Taylor expansion.
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good
approximation to the factorial function.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are
closest to the origin.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in
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?
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?
Which pdfs match the curves?
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the
water level rise in each case?
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
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices
with these 10 individual problems.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
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 shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out
what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
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.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action
of a matrix.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Use your skill and judgement to match the sets of random data.
In this short problem, try to find the location of the roots of
some unusual functions by finding where they change sign.
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential
In this short problem, can you deduce the likely location of the odd ones out in six sets of random numbers?
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability
that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between
its turning points?