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A formula for parallel parking
A formula for parallel parking

Duration: 04:11

Presenter Carol Vorderman explains how maths can help us with parallel parking.

 
Aeroplane seating configurations - utilising space (pt 1/2)
Aeroplane seating configurations - utilising space (pt 1/2)

Duration: 03:40

The different seating configuarations and their relative costs are explored in an Airbus A340 aircraft.

 
Aeroplane seating configurations - utilising space (pt 2/2)
Aeroplane seating configurations - utilising space (pt 2/2)

Duration: 02:10

The cargo space in the fuselage of a plane is explored - how do we maximise the amount of baggage a plane can carry?

 
Air traffic control at Gatwick (pt 1/2)
Air traffic control at Gatwick (pt 1/2)

Duration: 03:28

A Ground Movement controller at Gatwick Airport explains his role directing planes to and from the runway along busy taxi routes.

 
Air traffic control at Gatwick (pt 2/2)
Air traffic control at Gatwick (pt 2/2)

Duration: 02:21

Two students attempt to control planes on the tarmac at Gatwick Airport using a simulator.

 
Aircraft turnaround - from landing to take-off
Aircraft turnaround - from landing to take-off

Duration: 01:44

An activity-time graph for the one hour turnaround of a 767 plane is explored.

 
Arrangement of stadium seating
Arrangement of stadium seating

Duration: 00:38

A look at how the seats are arranged within a stadium to make the best use of the space available.

 
Assembling an airbus - transporter planes
Assembling an airbus - transporter planes

Duration: 01:40

How the parts for an Airbus are gathered by enormous 'guppy planes' from across Europe to be assembled.

 
Building a supercross course
Building a supercross course

Duration: 4:15

Discusses how a supercross course is constructed, including measures and scales.

 
Costing a package holiday
Costing a package holiday

Duration: 05:48

The £300 cost of a package holiday is unpacked to see where the money is going.

 
Costs and logistics of a dodgem car ride
Costs and logistics of a dodgem car ride

Duration: 01:54

A look at how dodgem cars are stored and set up, including the dimensions and cost of the ride.

 
Costs and quantities involved in the printing process
Costs and quantities involved in the printing process

Duration: 00:34

Discusses the costs and quantities involved in the different parts of the printing process.

 
Designing a 21st-century building
Designing a 21st-century building

Duration: 01:41

Two hundred dichroic glass circles reflect light in infinite ways at a new shopping centre in the Midlands.

 
Designing fair heats for a dirt bike race
Designing fair heats for a dirt bike race

Duration: 01:43

A look at how to arrange heats to give dirt bike riders an equal chance of qualifying for the main event.

 
Effects of varying exchange rates
Effects of varying exchange rates

Duration: 01:50

A report about variations in the exchange rate. British tourists must accept a more expensive visit to the US due to the weak pound exchange rate.

 
Evacuating the audience from a stadium
Evacuating the audience from a stadium

Duration: 00:54

How people arrive at a stadium and the necessity for a quick exit if evacuation is required.

 
From landing to take-off: airport turnarounds
From landing to take-off: airport turnarounds

Duration: 05:27

A 'dispatcher' leads us through the one-hour turnaround of an aircraft as it prepares to fly back to Spain.

 
Futuristic school has circular classrooms
Futuristic school has circular classrooms

Duration: 01:15

A news report about the unusual design of a new school, which has circular classrooms and automatic windows.

 
How long will breathing apparatus keep a fire-fighter safe?
How long will breathing apparatus keep a fire-fighter safe?

Duration: 02:36

Maths is important for calculating the time breathing apparatus can be used inside a burning building.

 
How much fuel does an aeroplane need? (pt 1/5)
How much fuel does an aeroplane need? (pt 1/5)

Duration: 02:59

An introduction to the factors which pilots must take into account when calculating how much fuel they need for any given flight.

 
How much fuel does an aeroplane need? (pt 2/5)
How much fuel does an aeroplane need? (pt 2/5)

Duration: 02:47

To calculate how much fuel is needed on a plane, an accurate measure of its total weight on take-off is needed. This is estimated by averaging the weight of the people and their luggage on board.

 
How much fuel does an aeroplane need? (pt 3/5)
How much fuel does an aeroplane need? (pt 3/5)

Duration: 03:29

A calculation of how much fuel a plane requires on a flight to Barbados.

 
How much fuel does an aeroplane need? (pt 4/5)
How much fuel does an aeroplane need? (pt 4/5)

Duration: 04:12

The story of an Air Canada plane which ran out of fuel in mid-air.

 
How much fuel does an aeroplane need? (pt 5/5)
How much fuel does an aeroplane need? (pt 5/5)

Duration: 03:23

An explanation of how airlines use average weights of men, women and children to find an approximate total weight of passengers.

 
How shops use data to predict stock requirements
How shops use data to predict stock requirements

Duration: 02:20

An investigation into how clothes shops use data they have collected to predict how many of a certain size of dress, aimed at a certain age group, they might stock.

 
How to analyse survey information
How to analyse survey information

Duration: 02:34

The data from a survey on sports company logo awareness is analysed. The tallies are totalled and the information presented.

 
How to buy a sports car for £1,500
How to buy a sports car for £1,500

Duration: 17:28

What kind of sports car can £1,500 buy?

 
Inflation and the economy
Inflation and the economy

Duration: 02:36

Official figures show that UK inflation fell in October 2008 from a 16-year high as oil, transport and food prices fell. The Consumer Prices Index measure dropped to 4.5% from 5.2% in September.

 
Ink colours for printing
Ink colours for printing

Duration: 00:44

An introduction to the four main colours of ink required to print a magazine.

 
Market research - surveys
Market research - surveys

Duration: 03:35

A look at how the Gallup organisation carries out market research in the UK.

 
Maths and modelling help the efficient and safe design of the Airbus
Maths and modelling help the efficient and safe design of the Airbus

Duration: 03:03

Car fuel efficiency plus weight and parking spaces are linked to the Airbus 380. Maths modelling for safety and efficiency is discussed.

 
Maths at a zoo
Maths at a zoo

Duration: 03:34

Facts and figures which need to be considered at a zoo and how maths is used in the design of animal enclosures.

 
Maths at the fairground
Maths at the fairground

Duration: 10:56

These 'launchpad' pieces are based around a fairground. Considers economics of rides and stalls, probability and expected values, forces and motion, and efficient use of space.

 
Migrating birds controlled by maths
Migrating birds controlled by maths

Duration: 04:01

Mathematical modelling of a flock of starlings and the formations of their flight.

 
Motocross at the Millennium Dome
Motocross at the Millennium Dome

Duration: 07:08

A time-lapse of the building of a motocross track at the Millennium Dome, including footage of the race.

 
Multiplying bacteria - a geometric sequence problem
Multiplying bacteria - a geometric sequence problem

Duration: 01:38

Professor Heinz Wolff presents a problem about multiplying bacteria.

 
New jobs defy the credit crunch
New jobs defy the credit crunch

Duration: 01:59

Despite the credit crunch, the supermarket chain Asda is to create 7,000 new posts and the broadcaster BSkyB plans to hire 1,000 more staff.

 
Opinion poll results displayed as a partial graph
Opinion poll results displayed as a partial graph

Duration: 02:21

See the key events from Gordon Brown's first year as prime minister and how they have affected his popularity.

 
Pitching in the Dragons' Den
Pitching in the Dragons' Den

Duration: 05:12

An entrepreneur pitches to the Dragons and key financial data is discussed.

 
Planning and setting up a fairground
Planning and setting up a fairground

Duration: 03:33

A look at how planning documents for setting up a fairground have been passed down for generations.

 
Pricing a product - how much should it cost?
Pricing a product - how much should it cost?

Duration: 04:26

How does a manufacturer decide how much to charge for a product? Dyed scarves are used as an example.

 
Probability of winning a fairground game
Probability of winning a fairground game

Duration: 01:09

A fairground stall holder talks about the chances of winning at a fairground game.

 
Producing a magazine
Producing a magazine

Duration: 01:56

An introduction to the production of a magazine including stapling, binding and stacking.

 
Profits and financial figures at Hornby toy company
Profits and financial figures at Hornby toy company

Duration: 00:55

The Chief Executive of Hornby, who make toy railways, explains his company's latest financial figures.

 
Putting second-hand supercars to the test (pt 1/2)
Putting second-hand supercars to the test (pt 1/2)

Duration: 03:12

The Top Gear team buy a second-hand supercar each for ten thousand pounds, but are they any good?

 
Putting second-hand vans to the test
Putting second-hand vans to the test

Duration: 11:29

The Top Gear team buy three different second-hand vans and put them to the test, Top Gear style.

 
Race to the mountain top: car vs climber
Race to the mountain top: car vs climber

Duration: 07:24

Will a car or a climber reach the top of a mountain first?

 
Saver loses pension money as insurance company faces difficulties
Saver loses pension money as insurance company faces difficulties

Duration: 01:18

A client of a struggling insurance company describes his anger at losing money from his pension.

 
The Apprentice - buying ingredients for sausages
The Apprentice - buying ingredients for sausages

Duration: 05:10

Contestants on The Apprentice, go to Smithfield market to haggle on price for ingredients for sausages, and decide on the proportion of meat in their produce.

 
The cost and design of a luxury car
The cost and design of a luxury car

Duration: 02:27

Presenter Jeremy Clarkson describes the design and costing of the luxury Bentley.

 
The cost of a Formula One car
The cost of a Formula One car

Duration: 01:35

Presenter Richard Hammond gives some of the part prices of the F1 car.

 
Track running - the effect of shape and stagger on times
Track running - the effect of shape and stagger on times

Duration: 02:28

How the shape and stagger on a running track affect times.

 
Training to be a top cyclist
Training to be a top cyclist

Duration: 03:04

A look at the training and equipment required to be a top cyclist.

 
Use of mathematics when shooting a car crash stunt
Use of mathematics when shooting a car crash stunt

Duration: 03:17

Use of mathematics, such as calculating speeds and braking distances, when shooting a complex car crash stunt in Casualty.

 
Vehicle flow rates on the motorway
Vehicle flow rates on the motorway

Duration: 04:07

A look at how traffic flow is monitored on a major motorway.

 
Watford to Gatwick - train or car? (pt 1/2)
Watford to Gatwick - train or car? (pt 1/2)

Duration: 03:58

Students plan to get to Gatwick Airport from Watford. Should they take the car or the train?

 
Watford to Gatwick - train or car? (pt 2/2)
Watford to Gatwick - train or car? (pt 2/2)

Duration: 07:11

After planning their trips from Watford to Gatwick Airport by car or train, pairs of students undertake the actual journey.

 
Weather forecast for snowy UK
Weather forecast for snowy UK

Duration: 02:53

A period of cold weather and heavy snow is predicted in the forecast from the BBC Weather Centre's Rob McElwee.

 
What's maths got to do with music?
What's maths got to do with music?

Duration: 03:03

Maths is embedded in music through timing, rhythm and pitch. Maths can generate and create music.

 
Why numeracy is important in a restaurant kitchen
Why numeracy is important in a restaurant kitchen

Duration: 03:12

A chef at explains how he uses maths day to day as he works in the kitchen: weighing ingredients, dividing into portions and measuring liquids

 

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