This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
At what positions and speeds can the bomb be dropped to destroy the
Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a
How do these modelling assumption affect the solutions?
Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these
See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after
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.
Second in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
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This problem opens a major sequence of activities on the mathematics of population dynamics for advanced students.
PhysNRICH is the area of the StemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of physics
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.
See how differential equations might be used to make a realistic
model of a system containing predators and their prey.
An article demonstrating mathematically how various physical
modelling assumptions affect the solution to the seemingly simple
problem of the projectile.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Sixth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
engNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH Advanced site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of engineering
Fourth 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?
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?
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
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 article explains the concepts involved in scientific
mathematical computing. It will be very useful and interesting to
anyone interested in computer programming or mathematics.
This is the section of stemNRICH devoted to the advanced applied
mathematics underlying the study of the sciences at higher levels
A player has probability 0.4 of winning a single game. What is his
probability of winning a 'best of 15 games' tournament?
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
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. . . .
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.
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. . . .
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. . . .
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. . . .
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. . . .
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!
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.
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
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. . . .
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
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. . . .
This is about a fiendishly difficult jigsaw and how to solve it
using a computer program.