Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
Who will be the first investor to pay off their debt?
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
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.
In this short problem, try to find the location of the roots of some unusual functions by finding where they change sign.
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Which pdfs match the curves?
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.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
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.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Can you find the volumes of the mathematical vessels?
Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between its turning points?
Can you match these equations to these graphs?
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Estimate areas using random grids
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.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
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?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
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.
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 relationship between resistance and temperature
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
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?
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
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.
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.