When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
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
Investigate the effects of the half-lifes of the isotopes of cobalt on the mass of a mystery lump of the element.
How does the half-life of a drug affect the build up of medication in the body over time?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
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See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after all.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
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Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these physical quantities.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
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.
An introduction to a useful tool to check the validity of an equation.
Read all about electromagnetism in our interactive article.
Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a step.
Dip your toe into the world of quantum mechanics by looking at the Schrodinger equation for hydrogen atoms
A look at different crystal lattice structures, and how they relate to structural properties
Explore how can changing the axes for a plot of an equation can lead to different shaped graphs emerging
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?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Explore the rates of growth of the sorts of simple polynomials often used in mathematical modelling.
Explore the power of aeroplanes, spaceships and horses.
Things are roughened up and friction is now added to the approximate simple pendulum
Find out some of the mathematics behind neural networks.
Ever wondered what it would be like to vaporise a diamond? Find out inside...
When a mixture of gases burn, will the volume change?
Can you match up the entries from this table of units?
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
A look at the fluid mechanics questions that are raised by the Stonehenge 'bluestones'.
Show that even a very powerful spaceship would eventually run out of overtaking power
A think about the physics of a motorbike riding upside down
Find out how to model a battery mathematically
A look at a fluid mechanics technique called the Steady Flow Momentum Equation.
Look at the units in the expression for the energy levels of the electrons in a hydrogen atom according to the Bohr model.
Explore the Lorentz force law for charges moving in different ways.
Some explanations of basic terms and some phenomena discovered by ancient astronomers
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.
Investigate why the Lennard-Jones potential gives a good approximate explanation for the behaviour of atoms at close ranges
Where will the spaceman go when he falls through these strange planetary systems?
Problems which make you think about the kinetic ideas underlying the ideal gas laws.
How high will a ball taking a million seconds to fall travel?
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. . . .
Can you work out the natural time scale for the universe?
How fast would you have to throw a ball upwards so that it would never land?
Follow in the steps of Newton and find the path that the earth follows around the sun.