Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?
How do you choose your planting levels to minimise the total loss at harvest time?
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
Who will be the first investor to pay off their debt?
In this short problem, try to find the location of the roots of some unusual functions by finding where they change sign.
Which pdfs match the curves?
Are these estimates of physical quantities accurate?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Can you find the volumes of the mathematical vessels?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Can you match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
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?
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.
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 construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between its turning points?
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations with this non-linear differential equation
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.
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in error?
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Can you match these equations to these graphs?
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
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?
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.
Can you draw the height-time chart as this complicated vessel fills with water?
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?