Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Use your skill and judgement to match the sets of random data.
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.
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
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.
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
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.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
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?
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
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...
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
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.
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.
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.
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
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?
Which pdfs match the curves?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?