Explain why, when moving heavy objects on rollers, the object moves
twice as fast as the rollers. Try a similar experiment yourself.
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.
First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like
to eat chocolate. Multiply this number by 2...
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.
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 in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
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.
See how differential equations might be used to make a realistic
model of a system containing predators and their prey.
Second in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
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. . . .
PhysNRICH is the area of the StemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of physics
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
This article for students introduces the idea of naming knots using numbers. You'll need some paper and something to write with handy!
An advanced mathematical exploration supporting our series of articles 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.
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.
Third in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
A brief video explaining the idea of a mathematical knot.
Sixth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
Fourth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
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. . . .
Fifth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.
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. . . .
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. . . .
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
engNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH Advanced site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of engineering
Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a
How many eggs should a bird lay to maximise the number of chicks
that will hatch? An introduction to optimisation.
This problem opens a major sequence of activities on the mathematics of population dynamics for advanced students.
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?
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. . . .
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
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.
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
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?
An account of how mathematics is used in computer games including
geometry, vectors, transformations, 3D graphics, graph theory and
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.
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?
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?