● How many ways are there to cover a 2 x n rectangular grid with 2 x 1 tiles?
●There's a torus/ring doughnut shaped space station with 2 spacemen on a spacewalk standing diametrically oppositie each other. Can then ask a variety of questions such as if spaceman A wants to throw a spanner to spaceman B, what angle and speed should they choose (stating any assumptions made, e.g. that gravity = 0)?
● Imagine a ladder leaning against a vertical wall with its feet on the ground. The middle rung of the ladder has been painted a different colour on the side, so that we can see it when we look at the ladder from the side on. What shape does that middle rung trace out as the ladder falls to the floor?
- Who invented the computer?
- Tell me about binary searches. What about their efficiency?
- The game of chess will be played perfectly by computers. Is this statement true?
- How would you ensure security between two people, A and B?
- How small can you make a computer?
- What happens when light has to pass through a medium denser than air?
- What is the one fundamental difference between a spreadsheet and a database?
- Explain the principle of the global positioning system (GPS). What factors contribute to its accuracy?
- Can computers think?
- Are there too many books?
- Define irony.
- Do you think there is any point to reading criticism?
- Does every work of literature always have a moral? Is there such thing as an immoral book?
- Do you think books transfer well to films? Give examples of this.
- How important is biography in the study of literature?
- If it could take a form, what shape would the novel To the Lighthouse become?
- If you could make up a word, what would it be? Why?
- If you could design the A-level English course, which texts would you include?
- Is good spelling merely a matter of etiquette?
- Is the Bible a fictional work? Could it be called chick lit?
- Is poetry meant to be difficult to understand?
- What makes a short story different from a novel?
- What is literature?
- What is a haiku? Why are they so different in structure to a sonnet?
- What is the difference between poetry and prose?
- What is the point of studying English?
- Why might it be useful for an English student to read the Twilight series?
- Why bother to write a poem?4
- Why do we bother studying literature that is hundreds of years old?
- Would you rather be a novel or a poem?
- Was Shakespeare a rebel?
- Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare’s plays?
- Don’t you think Hamlet is a bit long?
- Hamlet speaks to the ghost; what significance does this have?
- Do you think Hamlet knows he is being listened to when he says “To be, or not to be?”
- What does the ghost in Hamlet have to do with madness?
- How can a work of literature be beautiful?
- Should politicians study Eng
- Would anything remain in the study of geography if we took the notion of place away?
- Give and explain some environmental impacts of industrial agriculture.
- Are fair-trade bananas really fair?
- How can computers aid geographers in understanding physical processes?
- How can volcanic eruptions change global climate, and at what timescales?
- How did the Ancient Greeks know that the Earth wasn’t flat?
- What are natural hazards?
- What are the limitations of hard mapping?
- What is the difference between a volcano and a mountain?
- What is the impact of globalisation and multi-national corporations?
- What is the role of maps in modern society?
- What is the population of Croydon?
- Why is climate so unpredictable?
- Why should we conserve?
- What is your opinion of the Turner Prize?
- What work of art would you most like to own?
- Are the Old Masters overrated?
- Assess the role of dance in history.
- Are verbal sources more useful than written sources?
- Are history and myth compatible?
- Define revolution.
- Does the past exist?
- How do you organise a successful revolution?
- Is there such a thing as “race”?
- Is violence always political?
- Should historians be allowed to read science fiction novels?
- Can history stop the next war?
- Can we still learn lessons from 18th century warfare?
- Can losers ever write history? How?
- Compare and contrast the French and Russian revolutions. Compare and contrast WWI and WWII.
- Compare the French Revolution with a modern event.
- Do we ever learn from the past?
- Can you define intellectual property?
- Define “at fault”.
- Does a girl scout have a political agenda?
- If a friend locks me in a room, and says I am free to come out whenever I like as long as I pay £5, is this deprivation of liberty?
- If a wife had expressed distaste for it previously, would her husband’s habit of putting marmalade in his egg at breakfast be grounds for divorce?
- If the punishment for parking on double yellow lines were death, and therefore nobody did it, would that be a just and effective law?
- If you could go back in time to any period of time, when would it be and why?
- Is someone guilty of an offence if they did not set out to commit a crime but ended up doing so?
- Is wearing school uniform a breach of human rights?
- If you could have half an hour with any mathematician past or present, who would it be?
- Derive the formula for the volume of a sphere.
- Do you know what a hyperbolic function is?
- How would you prove that the square root of 3 is irrational?
- How many 0s does the number 30 have?
- How long does a mirror have to be for you to see your whole body?
- If each face of a cube is coloured with one of six different colours, how many ways can it be done?
- I drove to an interview at 50 mph and will drive back at 30 mph because of the traffic. What is my average speed?
- At what point is a person dead?
- How would you describe a human to a person from Mars? How would you measure the weight of your own head?
- How would you poison someone without the police finding out?
- How would you simulate altitude in your living room?
- If you were a grapefruit, would you rather be seedless or non-seedless?
- Should someone sell their kidney?
- Tell me about drowning.
- What do you like most about the brain?
- Are you surprised that there is no Russian word for “privacy”?
- Chekhov’s great, isn’t he?
- Can you only understand or analyse a text properly in its original language?
- Can a language ever truly die?
- Compare and contrast Spanish and Portuguese.
- Does language define our identity?
- Do you think the number of languages in the world will change in the next century?
- How does the literature you have read affect your opinion of that society?
- How does Le Monde differ from an English broadsheet? How can you tell if a noun is masculine, feminine or neutral in German?
- How has travel influenced your relationship with language?
- How is the German mindset different to the Russian mindset?
- How many cultures are grouped together under the label “China”?
Philosophy and economics (PPE)
- Consider a production line. What could be done to help the worker get away from the routine?
- How would you market a rock band?
- Should governments subsidise agriculture?
- Would I be justified in saying that only morons play sport? Do bankers deserve their high pay or should government limit it?
- What is the difference between the buying and selling of slaves and the buying and selling of football players?
- What is the point of using NHS money to keep old people alive?
- How many petrol stations are there in America?
- Are there always winners and losers in politics?
- Do animals think?
- Can science and religion ever be comfortable bedfellows? If you are not in California, how do you know it exists?
- Is being hungry the same thing as wanting to eat?
- Put a monetary value on this teapot.
- Reflect on individual responsibility and the morality of air travel.
- Should there be an intelligence test to decide who could vote?
- What has been Britain’s greatest political achievement of recent years?
- What is Communism?
- Are humans still evolving?
- Are parasites bad?
- On a hot day what should you do with a fridge?
- Can you change an endothermic reaction into an exothermic one?
- Calculate the speed a coin will hit the floor when dropped from 2 metres above the ground.
- Compare and contrast electronegativity and ionisation energy.
- Compare and contrast hydrochloric acid and phosphoric acid.
- Draw the shape of the molecule B2H6.
- Describe a heat engine.
- Does the snow falling on top of a train have an effect on its velocity?
- Explain the bonding in benzene.
- How does DNA fingerprinting work? What is its use?
- How can you store large amounts of hydrogen?
- How many atoms are there in a Brussels sprout?
- How many molecules are there in this room?
- How many molecules are there in a glass of water?
- How many pebbles would it take to fill a car?
- How much of human behaviour is genetically determined?