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.
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. . . .
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
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?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
Can you find the volumes of the mathematical vessels?
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between its turning points?
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss at harvest time?
Which pdfs match the curves?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
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.
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?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
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.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
In this short problem, try to find the location of the roots of some unusual functions by finding where they change sign.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
Who will be the first investor to pay off their debt?
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
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.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
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?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
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?
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.