This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.

An advanced mathematical exploration supporting our series of articles on population dynamics for advanced students.

Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?

See how differential equations might be used to make a realistic model of a system containing predators and their prey.

First in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

At what positions and speeds can the bomb be dropped to destroy the dam?

Sixth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

Fourth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

Third in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

Fifth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

Second in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

This problem opens a major sequence of activities on the mathematics of population dynamics for advanced students.

Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a step.

See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after all.

Explain why, when moving heavy objects on rollers, the object moves twice as fast as the rollers. Try a similar experiment yourself.

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An advanced mathematical exploration supporting our series of articles on population dynamics for advanced students.

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Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these physical quantities.

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Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.

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A car is travelling along a dual carriageway at constant speed. Every 3 minutes a bus passes going in the opposite direction, while every 6 minutes a bus passes the car travelling in the same. . . .

Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.

It is possible to identify a particular card out of a pack of 15 with the use of some mathematical reasoning. What is this reasoning and can it be applied to other numbers of cards?

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.

Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?

An article demonstrating mathematically how various physical modelling assumptions affect the solution to the seemingly simple problem of the projectile.

In this article for teachers, Alan Parr looks at ways that mathematics teaching and learning can start from the useful and interesting things can we do with the subject, including. . . .

Given the graph of a supply network and the maximum capacity for flow in each section find the maximum flow across the network.

A player has probability 0.4 of winning a single game. What is his probability of winning a 'best of 15 games' tournament?

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You have two bags, four red balls and four white balls. You must put all the balls in the bags although you are allowed to have one bag empty. How should you distribute the balls between the two. . . .

At Holborn underground station there is a very long escalator. Two people are in a hurry and so climb the escalator as it is moving upwards, thus adding their speed to that of the moving steps. . . .

The shortest path between any two points on a snooker table is the straight line between them but what if the ball must bounce off one wall, or 2 walls, or 3 walls?

Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.

Your school has been left a million pounds in the will of an ex- pupil. What model of investment and spending would you use in order to ensure the best return on the money?

This article for students introduces the idea of naming knots using numbers. You'll need some paper and something to write with handy!

A brief video explaining the idea of a mathematical knot.

The builders have dug a hole in the ground to be filled with concrete for the foundations of our garage. How many cubic metres of ready-mix concrete should the builders order to fill this hole to. . . .

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?

This is about a fiendishly difficult jigsaw and how to solve it using a computer program.

The second in a series of articles on visualising and modelling shapes in the history of astronomy.

This article explores ths history of theories about the shape of our planet. It is the first in a series of articles looking at the significance of geometric shapes in the history of astronomy.

In four years 2001 to 2004 Arsenal have been drawn against Chelsea in the FA cup and have beaten Chelsea every time. What was the probability of this? Lots of fractions in the calculations!