How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
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?
Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
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.
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
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 Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
If I don't have the size of cake tin specified in my recipe, will the size I do have be OK?
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. . . .
Explore the properties of isometric drawings.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?
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?
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
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?
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
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.
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?
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?