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ERIC Number: EJ856230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0746-8342
Dinner Tables and Concentric Circles: A Harmony of Mathematics, Music, and Physics
Douthett, Jack; Krantz, Richard J.
College Mathematics Journal, v39 n3 p203-211 Mar 2008
How should men and women be seated around a dinner table to maximize conversation between members of the opposite sex? What can be said about the distribution of points around two concentric circles? How are the white and black keys on the piano keyboard organized? What spin configuration in the Ising model minimizes energy? These four problems have remarkably similar solutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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