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?
Use your skill and judgement to match the sets of random data.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
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.
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
Estimate areas using random grids
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?
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
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?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
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?
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.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.
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.
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
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?
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.