This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
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.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Who will be the first investor to pay off their debt?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
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?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Use your skill and knowledge to place various scientific lengths in order of size. Can you judge the length of objects with sizes ranging from 1 Angstrom to 1 million km with no wrong attempts?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in error?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Which pdfs match the curves?
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations with this non-linear differential equation
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
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.
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.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.
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?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
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.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?