Use your skill and judgement to match the sets of random data.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
In this short problem, can you deduce the likely location of the odd ones out in six sets of random numbers?
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.
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?
How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss at harvest time?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between its turning points?
Which pdfs match the curves?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
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.
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. . . .
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
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?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
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?
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?
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
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.
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
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.