Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
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. . . .
The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the water level rise in each case?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
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?
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?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?
Can you draw the height-time chart as this complicated vessel fills with water?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
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?
If I don't have the size of cake tin specified in my recipe, will the size I do have be OK?
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in different containers as they are filled?
Invent a scoring system for a 'guess the weight' competition.
Is there a temperature at which Celsius and Fahrenheit readings are the same?
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
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.
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Explore the properties of isometric drawings.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
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.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.