Throughout history people have needed to defend themselves against enemy attack, and in the UK this has led to the building of many castles and forts. Maths can help in both making castles easier to defend and also in making them look good. Early Hill Forts – what is the best shape? If you are […]
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Scientists have recorded 1.75 million species on our planet, but estimate there may be between 5 to 100 million more that are unrecorded!
Every day we put our trust in the buildings and vehicles around us, feeling confident that they aren’t going to collapse while we use them. One of the main reasons for this confidence is that a small army of engineers is constantly testing our planes, trains and buildings, looking for cracks or defects so that […]
Explore a variety of different careers that use mathematics via these career advice videos from icould.com Matt discusses his role as a consultant at the Met Office: Sarah talks about her role in finance management for the Arcadia Group: Chris discusses construction management at Balfour Beatty: Nicola on her role designing satellites […]
How mathematics is used to measure plant growth and to create mathematical models that can imitate and predict growth using Hookes law.
Imagine you are a farmer who owns an orchard. One of your greatest fears is that blight spreads through your orchard, destroying your crops and ruining your livelihood. You therefore want to know how best to plant your trees in order to minimise the chance of the blight taking over. Mathematicians have modelled this problem […]
A video presented by Rachel Riley and produced by the Institute of Mathematics & its Applications.
A look at the maths involved in the planning and construction of modern high-rise buildings in London. . Taken from “What’s the point” DVD.
Underwater coral reefs are often mistaken for rocks or plants, but in fact they’re made up of millions of tiny animals called polyps.
How do you count the whale population when there are only a few hundred of them and they keep out of sight?
Worldwide, cultures have found the spectacle of light bouncing off water droplets to be a symbol of hope and spirituality. Ancient Greek and Hindu mythology see the rainbow as a bridge between Earth and Heaven, while in Judaism and Christianity it’s evidence of God’s promise not to flood the Earth again. For the literal-minded, it’s […]
Every year the UK throws away 100 million tonnes of waste. That’s over 15 times the weight of the largest Egyptian pyramid, making for one great big pile of rubbish, and most of it ends up in landfill, buried underground in giant holes. Not only do landfills take up space that could be used for […]
The ‘carbon footprint’ is a measure of the amount of pollution that is created by doing certain things; but why does that matter, and what does it actually mean?
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