How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
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?
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
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 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 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.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
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?
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 of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
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.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?
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.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?