January 2010, Stage 3&4

This month, we are celebrating the launch of the stemNRICH section of the website for Stages 4 and 5, which embeds mathematical problem-solving into science, technology and engineering contexts. Proportional reasoning and Volume are important concepts in science as well as maths, and feature in several of our problems at all stages this month.

Problems

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Mixing Lemonade

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?

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Farey Sequences

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

There are lots of ideas to explore in these sequences of ordered fractions.

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Peaches Today, Peaches Tomorrow....

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?

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Maths Filler

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?

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Fair Shares?

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A mother wants to share a sum of money by giving each of her children in turn a lump sum plus a fraction of the remainder. How can she do this in order to share the money out equally?

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Immersion

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the water level rise in each case?

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Ratios and Dilutions

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Scientists often require solutions which are diluted to a particular concentration. In this problem, you can explore the mathematics of simple dilutions

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Physnrich

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Bionrich

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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. . . .

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Core Scientific Mathematics

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This is the area of the advanced stemNRICH site devoted to the core applied mathematics underlying the sciences.

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Vector Walk

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?

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Chemnrich

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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. . . .