Mathematical Modelling


Mathematical Modelling is part of our Thinking Mathematically collection.

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?

Where to Land

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

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?

Slippage

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

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?

Friday 13th

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

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

Christmas Trees

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

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

Hands Together

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

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?

Cuboid Challenge

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

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

Speed-time Problems at the Olympics

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

What's That Graph?

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

Disease Dynamics - understanding the spread of diseases

Stage: 4

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