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?

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. . . .

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

It is possible to identify a particular card out of a pack of 15 with the use of some mathematical reasoning. What is this reasoning and can it be applied to other numbers of cards?

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. . . .

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

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

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. . . .

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

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!

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

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. . . .

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

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

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. . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How many eggs should a bird lay to maximise the number of chicks that will hatch? An introduction to optimisation.

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

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. . . .

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. . . .

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?

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. . . .

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?

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.

Your school has been left a million pounds in the will of an ex- pupil. What model of investment and spending would you use in order to ensure the best return on the money?

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.

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?

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

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

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

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

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...

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.

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

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

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