Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
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?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
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.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?
Is there a temperature at which Celsius and Fahrenheit readings are the same?
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...
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
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?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Is it cheaper to cook a meal from scratch or to buy a ready meal? What difference does the number of people you're cooking for make?
Two trains set off at the same time from each end of a single straight railway line. A very fast bee starts off in front of the first train and flies continuously back and forth between the. . . .
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
If I don't have the size of cake tin specified in my recipe, will the size I do have be OK?
In Fill Me Up we invited you to sketch graphs as vessels are filled with water. Can you work out the equations of the graphs?
The design technology curriculum requires students to be able to represent 3-dimensional objects on paper. This article introduces some of the mathematical ideas which underlie such methods.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
Explore the properties of isometric drawings.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in different containers as they are filled?
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the water level rise in each case?
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?