Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
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Investigate why the Lennard-Jones potential gives a good approximate explanation for the behaviour of atoms at close ranges
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Find out why water is one of the most amazing compounds in the universe and why it is essential for life. - UNDER DEVELOPMENT
Can you work out the natural time scale for the universe?
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Problems which make you think about the kinetic ideas underlying the ideal gas laws.
Ever wondered what it would be like to vaporise a diamond? Find out inside...
When a mixture of gases burn, will the volume change?
Explore how can changing the axes for a plot of an equation can lead to different shaped graphs emerging
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Investigate some of the issues raised by Geiger and Marsden's famous scattering experiment in which they fired alpha particles at a sheet of gold.
Explore the Lorentz force law for charges moving in different ways.
Look at the units in the expression for the energy levels of the electrons in a hydrogen atom according to the Bohr model.
How does the half-life of a drug affect the build up of medication in the body over time?
An introduction to a useful tool to check the validity of an equation.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Read all about electromagnetism in our interactive article.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Investigate the effects of the half-lifes of the isotopes of cobalt on the mass of a mystery lump of the element.
A look at a fluid mechanics technique called the Steady Flow Momentum Equation.
Where will the spaceman go when he falls through these strange planetary systems?
See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after all.
How fast would you have to throw a ball upwards so that it would never land?
A look at the fluid mechanics questions that are raised by the Stonehenge 'bluestones'.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these physical quantities.
Dip your toe into the world of quantum mechanics by looking at the Schrodinger equation for hydrogen atoms
Find out some of the mathematics behind neural networks.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Can you match up the entries from this table of units?
Use your skill and knowledge to place various scientific lengths in order of size. Can you judge the length of objects with sizes ranging from 1 Angstrom to 1 million km with no wrong attempts?
Show that even a very powerful spaceship would eventually run out of overtaking power
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Explore the rates of growth of the sorts of simple polynomials often used in mathematical modelling.
Explore the power of aeroplanes, spaceships and horses.
Explore the energy of this incredibly energetic particle which struck Earth on October 15th 1991
Some explanations of basic terms and some phenomena discovered by ancient astronomers
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A look at different crystal lattice structures, and how they relate to structural properties
A think about the physics of a motorbike riding upside down
An article about the kind of maths a first year undergraduate in physics, engineering and other physical sciences courses might encounter. The aim is to highlight the link between particular maths. . . .
Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a step.
Find out how to model a battery mathematically
Gravity on the Moon is about 1/6th that on the Earth. A pole-vaulter 2 metres tall can clear a 5 metres pole on the Earth. How high a pole could he clear on the Moon?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Have you got the Mach knack? Discover the mathematics behind exceeding the sound barrier.