Mathematical Modelling

Mathematical Modelling is part of our Working Mathematically collection.

Place Your Orders

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

Friday 13th

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you explain why every year must contain at least one Friday the thirteenth?

Cuboid Challenge

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?

Christmas Trees

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Christmas trees are planted in a rectangular array. Which is the taller tree, A or B?

Hands Together

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Sometime during every hour the minute hand lies directly above the hour hand. At what time between 4 and 5 o'clock does this happen?

Mathematical Modelling - Short Problems

Age 11 to 16

A collection of short Stage 3 and 4 problems on Mathematical Modelling.

Disease Dynamics - understanding the spread of diseases

Age 14 to 16

A chance to explore the mathematics of networks as applied to epidemics and the spread of disease.

Speed-time Problems at the Olympics

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?

What's That Graph?

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?

Slippage

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

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 up the wall which the ladder can reach?

Where to Land

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

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?

Model Solutions

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

How do these modelling assumption affect the solutions?

10 Olympic Starters

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

10 intriguing starters related to the mechanics of sport.

Big and Small Numbers in Physics - Group Task

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these physical quantities.

Dangerous Driver?

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in error?

The Not-so-simple Pendulum 1

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after all.