Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
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?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
bioNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH site devoted to the
mathematics underlying the study of the biological sciences,
designed to help develop the mathematics required to get the most
from your. . . .
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Can you work out the parentage of the ancient hero Gilgamesh?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Maths is everywhere in the world! Take a look at these images. What mathematics can you see?
How many generations would link an evolutionist to a very distant
Is this eco-system sustainable?
How does shape relate to function in the natural world?
This problem offers you two ways to test reactions - use them to
investigate your ideas about speeds of reaction.
Practice your skills of measurement and estimation using this interactive measurement tool based around fascinating images from biology.
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
Practise your skills of proportional reasoning with this interactive haemocytometer.
What is the chance I will have a son who looks like me?
Do you know which birds are regular visitors where you live?
Build a mini eco-system, and collect and interpret data on how well the plants grow under different conditions.
Create a symmetrical fabric design based on a flower motif - and realise it in Logo.
What biological growth processes can you fit to these graphs?