An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
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. . . .
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.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in different containers as they are filled?
Use the computer to model an epidemic. Try out public health policies to control the spread of the epidemic, to minimise the number of sick days and deaths.
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.
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.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
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. . . .
Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
In Fill Me Up we invited you to sketch graphs as vessels are filled with water. Can you work out the equations of the graphs?
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Can you draw the height-time chart as this complicated vessel fills
Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?
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?
The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
10 graphs of experimental data are given. Can you use a spreadsheet to find algebraic graphs which match them closely, and thus discover the formulae most likely to govern the underlying processes?
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the
water level rise in each case?
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?