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?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
Can you match these equations to these graphs?
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between its turning points?
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.
Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss at harvest time?
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?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
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.
Which pdfs match the curves?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
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 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 suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
Can you find the volumes of the mathematical vessels?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
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...
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?
Who will be the first investor to pay off their debt?
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations with this non-linear differential equation
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
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?
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, try to find the location of the roots of some unusual functions by finding where they change sign.
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.