To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Two trains set off at the same time from each end of a single straight railway line. A very fast bee starts off in front of the first train and flies continuously back and forth between the. . . .
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Explore the properties of isometric drawings.
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?
Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?
Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in different containers as they are filled?
Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.
If I don't have the size of cake tin specified in my recipe, will the size I do have be OK?
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Is it cheaper to cook a meal from scratch or to buy a ready meal? What difference does the number of people you're cooking for make?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Invent a scoring system for a 'guess the weight' competition.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
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?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
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?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Learn about the link between logical arguments and electronic circuits. Investigate the logical connectives by making and testing your own circuits and fill in the blanks in truth tables to record. . . .
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
How do you write a computer program that creates the illusion of stretching elastic bands between pegs of a Geoboard? The answer contains some surprising mathematics.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.