A player has probability 0.4 of winning a single game. What is his probability of winning a 'best of 15 games' tournament?

In four years 2001 to 2004 Arsenal have been drawn against Chelsea in the FA cup and have beaten Chelsea every time. What was the probability of this? Lots of fractions in the calculations!

You have two bags, four red balls and four white balls. You must put all the balls in the bags although you are allowed to have one bag empty. How should you distribute the balls between the two. . . .

First in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

An advanced mathematical exploration supporting our series of articles on population dynamics for advanced students.

This problem opens a major sequence of activities on the mathematics of population dynamics for advanced students.

Third in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

At what positions and speeds can the bomb be dropped to destroy the dam?

Sixth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

Fourth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

Second in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a step.

Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these physical quantities.

See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after all.

PhysNRICH is the area of the StemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of physics

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PhysNRICH is the area of the StemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of physics

An advanced mathematical exploration supporting our series of articles on population dynamics for advanced students.

chemNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of chemistry, designed to help develop the mathematics required to get the most from your study. . . .

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. . . .

See how differential equations might be used to make a realistic model of a system containing predators and their prey.

Fifth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

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

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

How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?

An article demonstrating mathematically how various physical modelling assumptions affect the solution to the seemingly simple problem of the projectile.

At Holborn underground station there is a very long escalator. Two people are in a hurry and so climb the escalator as it is moving upwards, thus adding their speed to that of the moving steps. . . .

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

Explain why, when moving heavy objects on rollers, the object moves twice as fast as the rollers. Try a similar experiment yourself.

This is the section of stemNRICH devoted to the advanced applied mathematics underlying the study of the sciences at higher levels

The shortest path between any two points on a snooker table is the straight line between them but what if the ball must bounce off one wall, or 2 walls, or 3 walls?

In this article for teachers, Alan Parr looks at ways that mathematics teaching and learning can start from the useful and interesting things can we do with the subject, including. . . .

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

This article for students introduces the idea of naming knots using numbers. You'll need some paper and something to write with handy!

A brief video explaining the idea of a mathematical knot.

Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.

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

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?

First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to eat chocolate. Multiply this number by 2...

Bricks are 20cm long and 10cm high. How high could an arch be built without mortar on a flat horizontal surface, to overhang by 1 metre? How big an overhang is it possible to make like this?

Given the graph of a supply network and the maximum capacity for flow in each section find the maximum flow across the network.

Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.

An account of how mathematics is used in computer games including geometry, vectors, transformations, 3D graphics, graph theory and simulations.

Edward Wallace based his A Level Statistics Project on The Mean Game. Each picks 2 numbers. The winner is the player who picks a number closest to the mean of all the numbers picked.

To win on a scratch card you have to uncover three numbers that add up to more than fifteen. What is the probability of winning a prize?

Chris is enjoying a swim but needs to get back for lunch. If she can swim at 3 m/s and run at 7m/sec, how far along the bank should she land in order to get back as quickly as possible?

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.

This is about a fiendishly difficult jigsaw and how to solve it using a computer program.