This article explores the process of making and testing hypotheses.
Are you at risk of being a victim of crime? How does your perception of that risk compare with the facts and figures?
Is it the fastest swimmer, the fastest runner or the fastest cyclist who wins the Olympic Triathlon?
How risky is your journey to school?
Investigate how avalanches occur and how they can be controlled
This problem offers you two ways to test reactions - use them to
investigate your ideas about speeds of reaction.
Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
Build a mini eco-system, and collect and interpret data on how well the plants grow under different conditions.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
Can you make sense of the charts and diagrams that are created and used by sports competitors, trainers and statisticians?
Three teams have each played two matches. The table gives the total
number points and goals scored for and against each team. Fill in
the table and find the scores in the three matches.
Engage in a little mathematical detective work to see if you can spot the fakes.
A farmer has a flat field and two sons who will each inherit half of the field. The farmer wishes to build a stone wall to divide the field in two so each son inherits the same area. Stone walls are. . . .
A manager of a forestry company has to decide which trees to plant.
What strategy for planting and felling would you recommend to the
manager in order to maximise the profit?
Choose any three by three square of dates on a calendar page.
Circle any number on the top row, put a line through the other
numbers that are in the same row and column as your circled number.
Repeat. . . .
Square numbers can be represented on the seven-clock (representing these numbers modulo 7). This works like the days of the week.
Baker, Cooper, Jones and Smith are four people whose occupations
are teacher, welder, mechanic and programmer, but not necessarily
in that order. What is each person’s occupation?
After some matches were played, most of the information in the
table containing the results of the games was accidentally deleted.
What was the score in each match played?