Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
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.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
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?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
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.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
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.
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
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.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
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.
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Can you find the volumes of the mathematical vessels?
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Explore the relationship between resistance and temperature
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
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.
Build up the concept of the Taylor series
Match the descriptions of physical processes to these differential equations.
By exploring the concept of scale invariance, find the probability that a random piece of real data begins with a 1.
Look at the advanced way of viewing sin and cos through their power series.
Explore the possibilities for reaction rates versus concentrations with this non-linear differential equation