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.
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
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.
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
Estimate areas using random grids
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. . . .
In this short problem, can you deduce the likely location of the odd ones out in six sets of random numbers?
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
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.
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss at harvest time?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
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?
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
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.
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
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.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.