Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Invent a scoring system for a 'guess the weight' competition.
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
Use your skill and judgement to match the sets of random data.
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 sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in different containers as they are filled?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
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?
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.
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. . . .
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
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?
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
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.
If I don't have the size of cake tin specified in my recipe, will the size I do have be OK?
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
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?
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?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?
Is there a temperature at which Celsius and Fahrenheit readings are the same?
Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?
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?
Can you draw the height-time chart as this complicated vessel fills with water?
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the water level rise in each case?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
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?