ERIC Number: EJ856227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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Two Problems with Table Saws
Vautaw, William R.
College Mathematics Journal, v39 n2 p121-128 Mar 2008
We solve two problems that arise when constructing picture frames using only a table saw. First, to cut a cove running the length of a board (given the width of the cove and the angle the cove makes with the face of the board) we calculate the height of the blade and the angle the board should be turned as it is passed over the blade. Second, to construct a rectangular frame whose outer edges will slant out from a wall, we calculate the angles at which the ends of the pieces must be mitered and beveled. The solutions use analytic geometry, trigonometry, vector analysis, and differential calculus.
Descriptors: Geometry, Calculus, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Design, Computation, Mathematical Concepts, Geometric Concepts
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