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 graph shows the rate of CO2 emissions per year since 1800. A climate scientist thinks that a quadratic curve could be fitted to
A Level
The temperature T˚C of a solar cell during a 24 hour period is modelled as  [T = 20 – kleft( 15 – frac{5t}{4} right)^{2}
A Level
During a particularly hot summer, the area of a small forest was reduced by fire. The area, Akm2, of the surviving forest is modelled
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