Maths for Planet Earth: Climate Based Questions for students and teachers

A team of students and academics at the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, and Department of Physics, University of Oxford, developed the Maths for Planet Earth questions. They work on climate and energy issues and are passionate about inspiring young people to join the fight against climate change.

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The world needs brainy mathematicians to help tackle climate change.

The aim of these questions is to integrate climate change into the school curriculum beyond the usual suspects of geography and environmental science.

These questions closely follow example problems from GCSE and A level past exams and were developed using existing exam questions. The maths skills tested in the question remained unchanged, but the context of the question was adapted to a climate change theme.

A Level
The curve [y = e^{-0.5x} + 4x – 0.1x^{2} + 2] Can be used to describe a company’s net emissions, in tons of CO2,
A Level
A country decides to begin a reforestation program, starting in 2020, gradually increasing the number of trees planted per year by the same amount
A Level
A small company is planting trees in areas of the Amazon rainforest that have been affected by forest fires. On any day, the cost
GCSE
One way of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and slowing global warming is to plant trees which absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
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