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Seeing Temperatures

This activity allows students to investigate how images are produced from data streams by using first a spreadsheet and then an image-processing program. They then go on to see how the usefulness of such a monochromatic image may be enhanced by using lookup tables and calibration. The materials used focus on the...

Building Images

In this activity, students create colour images from satellite data. This allows them to study how different surfaces reflect different wavelengths of light, how coloured images are created using an RGB model, and how band combinations can be chosen to examine a particular landscape effectively.

Rabbits

In this Cre8ate maths activity students learn that a simulation is a model of a real situation. Data for the birth rate of rabbits is provided and is used by students to develop their own model to simulate the breeding of rabbits in a field and consider the likely damage to the farmer’s crop. Initially this is done...

Pixel Perfection

This investigation from Cre8ate maths involves students in finding the best size screen for a television. If you have a large flat screen and view a standard analogue or digital picture the individual pixels are visible if you are sitting too close to the screen. Working in small groups of 3 or 4, students measure...

Flight Charges

Countries charge for planes to fly through their airspace even if the plane does not land. Different countries levy different charges, therefore plane companies consider a number of different routes and calculate the associated charges with each route. The formula used to fly over Europe is considered and an...

Alien Invasion

Alien Invasion is a set of four interactive lessons about a full-scale alien attack that coincides with a class visit to Manford City. To set the scene and support the lessons, live television news bulletins, radio broadcasts and telephone messages help to develop the story line. The invasion leads to a series of...

Shapes with bubbles and balloons

Fun Maths with soap bubbles and balloons

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Charity fair: assigning probabilities

This task is designed to assess how well students understand assigning probabilities and expected value.

The task looks at a ‘Lucky Dip’ game designed to raise money for charity. There are three barrels, each contains equal numbers of red, green, white and black balls. The game costs 25¢ to enter and players...

Birds' eggs: scatter diagrams (14-16)

This task assesses scatter diagrams and lines of best fit.

A scatter diagram is shown of the length and width of birds eggs. There follows a series of five short tasks on:

  • Plotting an additional data point
  • Making a statement about correlation
  • Making an estimate of width from a...

Interpreting categorical and quantitative data

This task involves interpreting categorical and quantitative data.

There are five short tasks to complete on the following topics:

  • Box plots
  • Frequency graphs
  • Median
  • Probability

This task is from the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service, a collaboration...

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