By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in error?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations with this non-linear differential equation
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
Which pdfs match the curves?
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
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?
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?
Who will be the first investor to pay off their debt?
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 make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss at harvest time?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
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?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
In this short problem, try to find the location of the roots of some unusual functions by finding where they change sign.
Can you match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals?
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?