Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?
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?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
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?
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in error?
Who will be the first investor to pay off their debt?
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations with this non-linear differential equation
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
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?
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
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.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
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.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Which pdfs match the curves?