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Maths Careers

These resources come from the Maths Careers website, which is managed and maintained by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

The eleven activities in this collection are designed to encourage learner to delve deeper into a wide range of mathematical topics including air miles, paper folding and...

Linear Programming

Linear Programming involves creating a function that represents a real life problem. The aim is to optimise this function given certain constraints. Simple examples of linear programming will have few variables and constraints, however, real life situations will have many more variables and constraints that will...

Just Add Water

Aimed at primary level, the seventeen activities this pack investigate science around the theme of water. They link to the topics of states of matter, materials, electricity and area of design and technology and geography. The activities include: creating a model of the water cycle, demonstrating surface tension,...

Critical Path Analysis

Critical path analysis is a project management technique and is used to lay out all of the activities which are needed to complete a task. Starting some activities will depend on completing others first, while independent activities can be started any time. Critical path analysis helps to predict the project...

Biodiversity

Aimed at primary level, this pack contains a range of different activities based on the theme of Earth. The activities cover a mixture of topics including: identifying plants and animals, habitats and food webs. Designed for use in class or as part of a science week or club, they promote investigative work and...

What's the Question?

This activity is produced by the Maths Magic project. What’s the Question? provides an activity to act as stimuli for work on the geometry of straight lines and circles. The activity consists of two mathematical diagrams. Students are asked to generate questions that could be asked related to each diagram. The...

What on Earth?

Aimed at primary level, this pack contains a range of different activities based on the theme of ‘Earth’. The activities cover a mixture of topics including: weather, gravity, plants, fossils, energy and soil. Designed for use in class or as part of a science week or club, they promote investigative work and...

Wavy Edges

Due to problems in the manufacture of tinplate coils, the edge of the strip can be slightly longer than the centre. This causes a 'wave' on the wall of the coil but can be rectified by differentially stretching the strip to make the edges flat. Students are required to apply Pythagoras' theorem to find the radius...

Travelling Salesperson

The aim of a travelling salesperson problem is to visit every vertex of the network and return to the starting vertex using the route that has the minimum total weight. The problem requires students to find the best route for a courier to take to deliver parcels to a number of towns and return back to base.

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Transportation

The cost of transportation is a key factor for many industries. This activity features a classic transportation problem giving the outputs of two suppliers, the demands of two consumers and the associated transportation costs. Students are asked to find the minimum transportation cost to meet the demand. Students...

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