Use simple trigonometry to calculate the distance along the flight path from London to Sydney.
Shows that Pythagoras for Spherical Triangles reduces to Pythagoras's Theorem in the plane when the triangles are small relative to the radius of the sphere.
Find the distance of the shortest air route at an altitude of 6000 metres between London and Cape Town given the latitudes and longitudes. A simple application of scalar products of vectors.
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?
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
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?
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
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?
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
If a is the radius of the axle, b the radius of each ball-bearing, and c the radius of the hub, why does the number of ball bearings n determine the ratio c/a? Find a formula for c/a in terms of n.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
In this short problem, try to find the location of the roots of some unusual functions by finding where they change sign.
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
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?
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
The probability that a passenger books a flight and does not turn up is 0.05. For an aeroplane with 400 seats how many tickets can be sold so that only 1% of flights are over-booked?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
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.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
How do you write a computer program that creates the illusion of stretching elastic bands between pegs of a Geoboard? The answer contains some surprising mathematics.
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.