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Genetics

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A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.

Stats Statements

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Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?

Brimful 2

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Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?

Aim High

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How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss at harvest time?

Pdf Matcher

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Which pdfs match the curves?

Whose Line Graph Is it Anyway?

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Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?

The Wrong Stats

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Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?

Curve Fitter 2

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Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between its turning points?

Dangerous Driver?

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Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in error?

Counting Dolphins

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How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?

Equation Matcher

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Can you match these equations to these graphs?

Bessel's Equation

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Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.

Integration Matcher

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Match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals.

Crystal Symmetry

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Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.

Brimful

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Can you find the volumes of the mathematical vessels?

Stirling Work

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See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.

Fill Me up Too

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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?

Population Dynamics Collection

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This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.

Guessing the Graph

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Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?

Investigating Epidemics

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Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.

Perspective Drawing

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Explore the properties of perspective drawing.

Pdf Stories

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Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.

Square Pair

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Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.

Fix Me or Crush Me

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Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?

Vector Walk

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Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?

Cross with the Scalar Product

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Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.

Polygon Walk

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Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.

Transformations for 10

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Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.

Real-life Equations

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Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?

Global Warming

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How much energy has gone into warming the planet?

Big and Small Numbers in Biology

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Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.

Air Routes

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Find the distance of the shortest air route at an altitude of 6000 metres between London and Cape Town given the latitudes and longitudes. A simple application of scalar products of vectors.

Debt Race

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Who will be the first investor to pay off their debt?

Production Equation

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Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?

Scale Invariance

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By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.

Over-booking

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The probability that a passenger books a flight and does not turn up is 0.05. For an aeroplane with 400 seats how many tickets can be sold so that only 1% of flights are over-booked?

More or Less?

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Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?

Big and Small Numbers in the Physical World

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Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.

Root Hunter

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In this short problem, try to find the location of the roots of some unusual functions by finding where they change sign.

Big and Small Numbers in the Living World

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Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.

Differential Equation Matcher

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Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.

Far Horizon

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An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?

Ball Bearings

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If a is the radius of the axle, b the radius of each ball-bearing, and c the radius of the hub, why does the number of ball bearings n determine the ratio c/a? Find a formula for c/a in terms of n.

Building Approximations for Sin(x)

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Build up the concept of the Taylor series

How Do You React?

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To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...

Nine Eigen

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Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.

Spherical Triangles on Very Big Spheres

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Shows that Pythagoras for Spherical Triangles reduces to Pythagoras's Theorem in the plane when the triangles are small relative to the radius of the sphere.

Biology Measurement Challenge

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Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.

Elastic Maths

Stage: 4 and 5

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.

Truth Tables and Electronic Circuits

Stage: 3, 4 and 5

Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.