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.

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

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

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

Sixth 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.

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

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

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

Second 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.

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?

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

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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.

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. . . .

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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.

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?

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

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.

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

How do scores on dice and factors of polynomials relate to each other?

Two cyclists, practising on a track, pass each other at the starting line and go at constant speeds... Can you find lap times that are such that the cyclists will meet exactly half way round the. . . .

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

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

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.

A brief video explaining the idea of a mathematical knot.

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!

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. . . .

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.

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.

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. . . .

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

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

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. . . .

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

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

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. . . .

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

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.

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

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?