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Electromagnetism

Age 16 to 18

Read all about electromagnetism in our interactive article.

Escape from Planet Earth

Age 16 to 18
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How fast would you have to throw a ball upwards so that it would never land?

The Power of Dimensional Analysis

Age 14 to 18

An introduction to a useful tool to check the validity of an equation.

Powerfully Fast

Age 16 to 18
Challenge Level

Explore the power of aeroplanes, spaceships and horses.

Modelling Assumptions in Mechanics

Age 16 to 18

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

Genetic Intrigue

Age 16 to 18

Dip your toe into the fascinating topic of genetics. From Mendel's theories to some cutting edge experimental techniques, this article gives an insight into some of the processes underlying. . . .

Diamonds Aren't Forever

Age 16 to 18
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Ever wondered what it would be like to vaporise a diamond? Find out inside...

Global Warming

Age 14 to 16
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How much energy has gone into warming the planet?

Stirling Work

Age 16 to 18
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See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.

Scale Invariance

Age 16 to 18
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By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.

Bessel's Equation

Age 16 to 18
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Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.

Smoke and Daggers

Age 16 to 18
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We all know that smoking poses a long term health risk and has the potential to cause cancer. But what actually happens when you light up a cigarette, place it to your mouth, take a tidal breath. . . .

Mach Attack

Age 16 to 18
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Have you got the Mach knack? Discover the mathematics behind exceeding the sound barrier.

More Bridge Building

Age 16 to 18
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Which parts of these framework bridges are in tension and which parts are in compression?

What Salt?

Age 16 to 18
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Can you deduce why common salt isn't NaCl_2?

Clear as Crystal

Age 16 to 18
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Unearth the beautiful mathematics of symmetry whilst investigating the properties of crystal lattices

Inspect Your Gadgets

Age 16 to 18

Read about the mathematics behind the measuring devices used in quantitative chemistry

Making More Tracks

Age 16 to 18
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Given the equation for the path followed by the back wheel of a bike, can you solve to find the equation followed by the front wheel?

Taking Trigonometry Series-ly

Age 16 to 18
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Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.

Big and Small Numbers in the Living World

Age 11 to 16
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Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.

Trig-trig

Age 16 to 18
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Explore the properties of combinations of trig functions in this open investigation.

A Different Differential Equation

Age 16 to 18
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Explore the properties of this different sort of differential equation.

Building Approximations for Sin(x)

Age 16 to 18
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Build up the concept of the Taylor series

Big and Small Numbers in Physics

Age 14 to 16
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Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.

Reaction Rates!

Age 16 to 18

Fancy learning a bit more about rates of reaction, but don't know where to look? Come inside and find out more...

Sextet

Age 16 to 18
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Investigate x to the power n plus 1 over x to the power n when x plus 1 over x equals 1.

Big and Small Numbers in Chemistry

Age 14 to 16
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Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.

Few and Far Between?

Age 16 to 18
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Can you find some Pythagorean Triples where the two smaller numbers differ by 1?

Very Old Man

Age 16 to 18
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Is the age of this very old man statistically believable?

CSI: Chemical Scene Investigation

Age 16 to 18
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There has been a murder on the Stevenson estate. Use your analytical chemistry skills to assess the crime scene and identify the cause of death...

Big and Small Numbers in the Physical World

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.

What Do Functions Do for Tiny X?

Age 16 to 18
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Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.

Which Twin Is Older?

Age 16 to 18

A simplified account of special relativity and the twins paradox.

Advanced Investigations

Age 14 to 18
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Some of our more advanced investigations

Chance of That

Age 16 to 18
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What's the chance of a pair of lists of numbers having sample correlation exactly equal to zero?

Bent Out of Shape

Age 14 to 18
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An introduction to bond angle geometry.

Problem Solving: Opening up Problems

Age 5 to 16

All types of mathematical problems serve a useful purpose in mathematics teaching, but different types of problem will achieve different learning objectives. In generalmore open-ended problems have. . . .

Robot Camera

Age 14 to 16
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Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?

Designing Table Mats

Age 11 to 16
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Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.

Perfect Eclipse

Age 14 to 16
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Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.

Alternative Record Book

Age 14 to 18
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In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.

Carbon Footprints

Age 14 to 16
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Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?

Snookered

Age 14 to 18
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In a snooker game the brown ball was on the lip of the pocket but it could not be hit directly as the black ball was in the way. How could it be potted by playing the white ball off a cushion?

Geometry and Gravity 1

Age 11 to 18

This article (the first of two) contains ideas for investigations. Space-time, the curvature of space and topology are introduced with some fascinating problems to explore.

A Rational Search

Age 16 to 18
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Investigate constructible images which contain rational areas.

Eight Ratios

Age 14 to 16
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Two perpendicular lines lie across each other and the end points are joined to form a quadrilateral. Eight ratios are defined, three are given but five need to be found.

Spirostars

Age 16 to 18
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A spiropath is a sequence of connected line segments end to end taking different directions. The same spiropath is iterated. When does it cycle and when does it go on indefinitely?

Track Design

Age 14 to 16
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Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?

Operating Machines

Age 16 to 18
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What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?

Spokes

Age 16 to 18
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Draw three equal line segments in a unit circle to divide the circle into four parts of equal area.