Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
Invent a scoring system for a 'guess the weight' competition.
Use your skill and judgement to match the sets of random data.
The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?
Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in different containers as they are filled?
Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
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. . . .
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?
Can you work out which processes are represented by 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.
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
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?
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?
Explore the properties of isometric drawings.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
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?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Is there a temperature at which Celsius and Fahrenheit readings are the same?
These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
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?