ERIC Number: EJ856230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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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.
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Mathematical Applications, Interpersonal Communication, Problem Solving, Mathematics Education, College Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts, Geometric Concepts, Energy, Mathematical Logic
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Education Level: Higher Education
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