An article demonstrating mathematically how various physical
modelling assumptions affect the solution to the seemingly simple
problem of the projectile.
How do these modelling assumption affect the solutions?
At what positions and speeds can the bomb be dropped to destroy the
This is about a fiendishly difficult jigsaw and how to solve it
using a computer program.
Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a
PhysNRICH is the area of the StemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of physics
See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after
Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these
engNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH Advanced site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of engineering
The third installment in our series on the shape of astronomical systems, this article explores galaxies and the universe beyond our solar system.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Explain why, when moving heavy objects on rollers, the object moves
twice as fast as the rollers. Try a similar experiment yourself.
See how differential equations might be used to make a realistic
model of a system containing predators and their prey.
Fourth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
Fifth 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.
Sixth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
This article explains the concepts involved in scientific
mathematical computing. It will be very useful and interesting to
anyone interested in computer programming or mathematics.
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. . . .
This problem opens a major sequence of activities on the mathematics of population dynamics for advanced students.
First in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Third in our series of problems on 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. . . .
Second in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
How do you write a computer program that creates the illusion of stretching elastic bands between pegs of a Geoboard? The answer contains some surprising mathematics.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
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.
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?
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!
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
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. . . .
A brief video explaining the idea of a mathematical knot.
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?
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 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. . . .
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
Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
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.
First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like
to eat chocolate. Multiply this number by 2...
An account of how mathematics is used in computer games including
geometry, vectors, transformations, 3D graphics, graph theory and
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
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. . . .
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?
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.