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
A country’s government wants to reduce the number of cars using internal combustion engines by encouraging the purchase of electric vehicles. The total number
A Level
Since 1800, the number of amphibian species, N, has been decreasing over time, t.  A simple model shows that the rate of decrease of
A Level
Human-induced global warming is causing deserts such as the Sahara to increase in surface area. In 1950 the area of the Sahara Desert was
A Level
In a simple model, the surface area, S km2, of a shrinking rainforest depends on the time, t, in years since 1980. The following