Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a step.
Find out some of the mathematics behind neural networks.
Can you work out the natural time scale for the universe?
An article about the kind of maths a first year undergraduate in physics, engineering and other physical sciences courses might encounter. The aim is to highlight the link between particular maths. . . .
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Gravity on the Moon is about 1/6th that on the Earth. A pole-vaulter 2 metres tall can clear a 5 metres pole on the Earth. How high a pole could he clear on the Moon?
How high will a ball taking a million seconds to fall travel?
This is the area of the advanced stemNRICH site devoted to the core applied mathematics underlying the sciences.
See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after all.
Problems which make you think about the kinetic ideas underlying the ideal gas laws.
Explore the Lorentz force law for charges moving in different ways.
A look at a fluid mechanics technique called the Steady Flow Momentum Equation.
An introduction to a useful tool to check the validity of an equation.
A look at the fluid mechanics questions that are raised by the Stonehenge 'bluestones'.
Find out how to model a battery mathematically
Dip your toe into the world of quantum mechanics by looking at the Schrodinger equation for hydrogen atoms
Show that even a very powerful spaceship would eventually run out of overtaking power
Explore the rates of growth of the sorts of simple polynomials often used in mathematical modelling.
Can you match up the entries from this table of units?
How does the half-life of a drug affect the build up of medication in the body over time?
Things are roughened up and friction is now added to the approximate simple pendulum
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Follow in the steps of Newton and find the path that the earth follows around the sun.
Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these physical quantities.
Where will the spaceman go when he falls through these strange planetary systems?
Explore the power of aeroplanes, spaceships and horses.
Look at the units in the expression for the energy levels of the electrons in a hydrogen atom according to the Bohr model.
What is an AC voltage? How much power does an AC power source supply?
Have you got the Mach knack? Discover the mathematics behind exceeding the sound barrier.
Read all about electromagnetism in our interactive article.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Some explanations of basic terms and some phenomena discovered by ancient astronomers
A ball whooshes down a slide and hits another ball which flies off the slide horizontally as a projectile. How far does it go?
Derive an equation which describes satellite dynamics.
A look at different crystal lattice structures, and how they relate to structural properties
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
A think about the physics of a motorbike riding upside down
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Explore the energy of this incredibly energetic particle which struck Earth on October 15th 1991
An article demonstrating mathematically how various physical modelling assumptions affect the solution to the seemingly simple problem of the projectile.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Investigate some of the issues raised by Geiger and Marsden's famous scattering experiment in which they fired alpha particles at a sheet of gold.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
When a mixture of gases burn, will the volume change?
Explore how can changing the axes for a plot of an equation can lead to different shaped graphs emerging
Investigate the effects of the half-lifes of the isotopes of cobalt on the mass of a mystery lump of the element.
Investigate why the Lennard-Jones potential gives a good approximate explanation for the behaviour of atoms at close ranges