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.

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. . . .

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?

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

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

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!

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

Given the graph of a supply network and the maximum capacity for flow in each section find the maximum flow across the network.

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.

Look at the calculus behind the simple act of a car going over a step.

Third in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

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?

Explore the transformations and comment on what you find.

Second in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

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

An article demonstrating mathematically how various physical modelling assumptions affect the solution to the seemingly simple problem of the projectile.

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

This is the section of stemNRICH devoted to the advanced applied mathematics underlying the study of the sciences at higher levels

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Chris is enjoying a swim but needs to get back for lunch. If she can swim at 3 m/s and run at 7m/sec, how far along the bank should she land in order to get back as quickly as possible?

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. . . .

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

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Work in groups to try to create the best approximations to these physical quantities.

See how the motion of the simple pendulum is not-so-simple after all.

First in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

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

An advanced mathematical exploration supporting our series of articles on population dynamics for advanced students.

It is possible to identify a particular card out of a pack of 15 with the use of some mathematical reasoning. What is this reasoning and can it be applied to other numbers of cards?

A ladder 3m long rests against a wall with one end a short distance from its base. Between the wall and the base of a ladder is a garden storage box 1m tall and 1m high. What is the maximum distance. . . .

Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.

Mike and Monisha meet at the race track, which is 400m round. Just to make a point, Mike runs anticlockwise whilst Monisha runs clockwise. Where will they meet on their way around and will they ever. . . .

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

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

Explain why, when moving heavy objects on rollers, the object moves twice as fast as the rollers. Try a similar experiment yourself.

An advanced mathematical exploration supporting our series of articles on population dynamics for advanced students.

First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to eat chocolate. Multiply this number by 2...

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.

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?

This is about a fiendishly difficult jigsaw and how to solve it using a computer program.

Can you find the lap times of the two cyclists travelling at constant speeds?

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

Sixth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

Fifth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

The second in a series of articles on visualising and modelling shapes in the history of astronomy.

This article explores ths history of theories about the shape of our planet. It is the first in a series of articles looking at the significance of geometric shapes in the history of astronomy.

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

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

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.

Fourth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.