This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after
Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a
An advanced mathematical exploration supporting our series of articles on population dynamics for advanced students.
How do these modelling assumption affect the solutions?
PhysNRICH is the area of the StemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of physics
First in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
Sixth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
An article demonstrating mathematically how various physical
modelling assumptions affect the solution to the seemingly simple
problem of the projectile.
Second in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
Third 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.
Fifth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
Fourth 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
First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like
to eat chocolate. Multiply this number by 2...
Explain why, when moving heavy objects on rollers, the object moves
twice as fast as the rollers. Try a similar experiment yourself.
Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
This problem opens a major sequence of activities on the mathematics of population dynamics for advanced students.
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.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little
This article for students introduces the idea of naming knots using numbers. You'll need some paper and something to write with handy!
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.
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.
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?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
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. . . .
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.
At what positions and speeds can the bomb be dropped to destroy the
This is the section of stemNRICH devoted to the advanced applied
mathematics underlying the study of the sciences at higher levels
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. . . .
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. . . .
Given the graph of a supply network and the maximum capacity for
flow in each section find the maximum flow across the network.
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
The third installment in our series on the shape of astronomical systems, this article explores galaxies and the universe beyond our solar system.
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. . . .
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.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
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?
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. . . .
An account of how mathematics is used in computer games including
geometry, vectors, transformations, 3D graphics, graph theory and
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?
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. . . .