Mathematics in Science and Technology - May 2011, Stage 2&3

In this month's resources, we explore the ways in which mathematics, science and technology are linked. Skills we use in mathematics, science and technology often give us different perspectives that can help us to solve problems.

Problems

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Discuss and Choose

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This activity challenges you to decide on the 'best' number to use in each statement. You may need to do some estimating, some calculating and some research.

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Order the Changes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

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In Order

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you rank these quantities in order? You may need to find out extra information or perform some experiments to justify your rankings.

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Order, Order!

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you place these quantities in order from smallest to largest?

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The Time Is ...

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you put these mixed-up times in order? You could arrange them in a circle.

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Fill Me Up

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in different containers as they are filled?

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Place Your Orders

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?

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Temperature

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Water freezes at 0°Celsius (32°Fahrenheit) and boils at 100°C (212°Fahrenheit). Is there a temperature at which Celsius and Fahrenheit readings are the same?