Use of mathematics

In Simple Climate Model students use an Excel spreadsheet or a graphic calculator to find polynomial functions to model temperature change and compare these with an exponential model. This covers part of the content of ‘working with graphical and algebraic techniques’, one of the compulsory units for AS: Use of Mathematics.

In Chaotic Population students use a graphic calculator, then a spreadsheet, to investigate a recurrence relation which simulates population changes, some of which exhibit chaotic behaviour. This covers part of the content of ‘Applying Mathematics’, the other compulsory unit for AS: Use of Mathematics.

Title and Description Notes
Simple Climate Model
Requires Excel
Students’ worksheet (pdf, 260 KB)
Teachers’ notes (pdf, 250 KB)
Simple Climate Model
Requires a graphic calculator
Students’ worksheet (pdf, 190 KB)
Teachers’ notes. (pdf, 140 KB)
Chaotic Population Model
Requires a graphic calculator and Excel
Students’ notes (pdf, 190 KB)
Students’ worksheet (xls, 20KB)
Teachers’ notes (pdf, 190 KB)

For a simple, online version of the chaotic population model, have a look at the What makes it so complicated? section of the climate prediction resource.