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

Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical concepts and skills. Read here for more information.

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.

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

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

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

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.

A brief video explaining the idea of a mathematical knot.

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

A car is travelling along a dual carriageway at constant speed. Every 3 minutes a bus passes going in the opposite direction, while every 6 minutes a bus passes the car travelling in the same. . . .

Fourth 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.

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

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

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. . . .

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

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

engNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH Advanced site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of engineering

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

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

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

A ladder 3m long rests against a wall with one end a short distance from its base. Between the wall and the base of a ladder is a garden storage box 1m tall and 1m high. What is the maximum distance. . . .

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. . . .

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

Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.

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?

The third installment in our series on the shape of astronomical systems, this article explores galaxies and the universe beyond our solar system.

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

Learn about the link between logical arguments and electronic circuits. Investigate the logical connectives by making and testing your own circuits and record your findings in truth tables.

The builders have dug a hole in the ground to be filled with concrete for the foundations of our garage. How many cubic metres of ready-mix concrete should the builders order to fill this hole to. . . .

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. . . .

If a is the radius of the axle, b the radius of each ball-bearing, and c the radius of the hub, why does the number of ball bearings n determine the ratio c/a? Find a formula for c/a in terms of n.

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

Mike and Monisha meet at the race track, which is 400m round. Just to make a point, Mike runs anticlockwise whilst Monisha runs clockwise. Where will they meet on their way around and will they ever. . . .

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?

This article explores ths history of theories about the shape of our planet. It is the first in a series of articles looking at the significance of geometric shapes in the history of astronomy.

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!

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

Learn about the link between logical arguments and electronic circuits. Investigate the logical connectives by making and testing your own circuits and fill in the blanks in truth tables to record. . . .

The second in a series of articles on visualising and modelling shapes in the history of astronomy.

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