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The Wrong Stats

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?

Population Dynamics Collection

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.

Scale Invariance

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.

Whose Line Graph Is it Anyway?

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?

Dangerous Driver?

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Was it possible that this dangerous driving penalty was issued in error?

Real-life Equations

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Here are several equations from real life. Can you work out which measurements are possible from each equation?

Global Warming

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

How much energy has gone into warming the planet?

Reaction Rates

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations with this non-linear differential equation

Constantly Changing

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.

Pdf Stories

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.

Big and Small Numbers in the Physical World

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.

Pdf Matcher

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Which pdfs match the curves?

Big and Small Numbers in the Living World

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.

Brimful

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Can you find the volumes of the mathematical vessels?

Quorum-sensing

Age 16 to 18 Short Challenge Level:

This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.

Integration Matcher

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Can you match the charts of these functions to the charts of their integrals?

Bessel's Equation

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Get further into power series using the fascinating Bessel's equation.

Time to Evolve 2

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?

Approximately Certain

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size

Big and Small Numbers in Chemistry

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.

Crystal Symmetry

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.

Building Approximations for Sin(x)

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Build up the concept of the Taylor series

Choose Your Units

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?

What Do Functions Do for Tiny X?

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.

Stats Statements

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?

Taking Trigonometry Series-ly

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.

Elastic Maths

Age 14 to 18

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.

Fix Me or Crush Me

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?

Differential Equation Matcher

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.

Guessing the Graph

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?

Bigger or Smaller?

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?

Over-booking

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

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?

Debt Race

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Who will be the first investor to pay off their debt?

Stirling Work

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.

Scientific Curves

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?

Nine Eigen

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.

Big and Small Numbers in Physics

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.

Cross with the Scalar Product

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.

Perfect Eclipse

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.

Operating Machines

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?

Vector Walk

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?

Polygon Walk

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.

Transformations for 10

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.

A Question of Scale

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

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?

Brimful 2

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Which of these infinitely deep vessels will eventually full up?

Big and Small Numbers in Biology

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calulate various quantities in biological contexts.

Biology Measurement Challenge

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.

Truth Tables and Electronic Circuits

Age 11 to 18

Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.

Far Horizon

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?

Air Routes

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

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.