# Resources tagged with: Mathematical modelling

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Broad Topics > Using, Applying and Reasoning about Mathematics > Mathematical modelling ### Fixing the Odds

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You have two bags, four red balls and four white balls. You must put all the balls in the bags although you are allowed to have one bag empty. How should you distribute the balls between the two. . . . ### Snooker

##### Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

A player has probability 0.4 of winning a single game. What is his probability of winning a 'best of 15 games' tournament? ### Time to Evolve 2

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

##### Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

To win on a scratch card you have to uncover three numbers that add up to more than fifteen. What is the probability of winning a prize? ### Investigating Epidemics

##### Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out. ### The Mean Game

##### Age 16 to 18

Edward Wallace based his A Level Statistics Project on The Mean Game. Each picks 2 numbers. The winner is the player who picks a number closest to the mean of all the numbers picked. ### FA Cup

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In four years 2001 to 2004 Arsenal have been drawn against Chelsea in the FA cup and have beaten Chelsea every time. What was the probability of this? Lots of fractions in the calculations! ### Twenty20

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Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows. ### The Legacy

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Your school has been left a million pounds in the will of an ex- pupil. What model of investment and spending would you use in order to ensure the best return on the money? ### The Wrong Stats

##### Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

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

##### Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you make sense of information about trees in order to maximise the profits of a forestry company? ### Rocking Chairs, Railway Games and Rayboxes

##### Age 5 to 18

In this article for teachers, Alan Parr looks at ways that mathematics teaching and learning can start from the useful and interesting things can we do with the subject, including. . . . ### The Not-so-simple Pendulum 1

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See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after all. ### Big and Small Numbers in Physics - Group Task

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Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these physical quantities. ### In Constantly Passing

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A car is travelling along a dual carriageway at constant speed. Every 3 minutes a bus passes going in the opposite direction, while every 6 minutes a bus passes the car travelling in the same. . . . ### Engnrich

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engNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH Advanced site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of engineering ### Physnrich

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PhysNRICH is the area of the StemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of physics ### Bionrich

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bioNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of the biological sciences, designed to help develop the mathematics required to get the most from your. . . . ### Chemnrich

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chemNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of chemistry, designed to help develop the mathematics required to get the most from your study. . . . ### Ramping it Up

##### Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a step. ### An Introduction to Computer Programming and Mathematics

##### Age 16 to 18

This article explains the concepts involved in scientific mathematical computing. It will be very useful and interesting to anyone interested in computer programming or mathematics. ##### Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

This is the section of stemNRICH devoted to the advanced applied mathematics underlying the study of the sciences at higher levels ### Stemnrich - the Physical World

##### Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

PhysNRICH is the area of the StemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of physics ### Population Dynamics

##### Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

This problem opens a major sequence of activities on the mathematics of population dynamics for advanced students. ### Bird-brained

##### Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

How many eggs should a bird lay to maximise the number of chicks that will hatch? An introduction to optimisation. ### Pdf Stories

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Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions. ### Branching Processes and Extinction

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An advanced mathematical exploration supporting our series of articles on population dynamics for advanced students. ### Population Dynamics - Part 1

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First in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students. ### Population Dynamics - Part 2

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Second in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students. ### Population Dynamics - Part 3

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Third in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students. ### Population Dynamics - Part 4

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Fourth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students. ### Population Dynamics - Part 5

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Fifth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students. ### Population Dynamics - Part 6

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Sixth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students. ### Population Ecology Using Probability

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An advanced mathematical exploration supporting our series of articles on population dynamics for advanced students. ### Population Dynamics Collection

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

##### Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat. ### Predator - Prey Systems

##### Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

See how differential equations might be used to make a realistic model of a system containing predators and their prey. ### 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. ### Modelling Assumptions in Mechanics

##### Age 16 to 18

An article demonstrating mathematically how various physical modelling assumptions affect the solution to the seemingly simple problem of the projectile. ### The Use of Mathematics in Computer Games

##### Age 16 to 18

An account of how mathematics is used in computer games including geometry, vectors, transformations, 3D graphics, graph theory and simulations. ### Drawing Doodles and Naming Knots

##### Age 7 to 18

This article for students introduces the idea of naming knots using numbers. You'll need some paper and something to write with handy! ### What's a Knot?

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A brief video explaining the idea of a mathematical knot. ### Ball Bearings

##### Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

If a is the radius of the axle, b the radius of each ball-bearing, and c the radius of the hub, why does the number of ball bearings n determine the ratio c/a? Find a formula for c/a in terms of n. ### Cushion Ball

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The shortest path between any two points on a snooker table is the straight line between them but what if the ball must bounce off one wall, or 2 walls, or 3 walls? ### Stonehenge

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Explain why, when moving heavy objects on rollers, the object moves twice as fast as the rollers. Try a similar experiment yourself. ### Problem Solving, Using and Applying and Functional Mathematics

##### Age 5 to 18 Challenge Level:

Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical concepts and skills. Read here for more information. ### Escalator

##### Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

At Holborn underground station there is a very long escalator. Two people are in a hurry and so climb the escalator as it is moving upwards, thus adding their speed to that of the moving steps. . . . ### Concrete Calculation

##### Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

The builders have dug a hole in the ground to be filled with concrete for the foundations of our garage. How many cubic metres of ready-mix concrete should the builders order to fill this hole to. . . . ### 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?