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ERIC Number: EJ882141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
The Shape of a Sausage: A Challenging Problem in the Calculus of Variations
Deakin, Michael A. B.
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v41 n1 p119-126 Jan 2010
Many familiar household objects (such as sausages) involve the maximization of a volume under geometric constraints. A flexible but inextensible membrane bounds a volume which is to be filled to capacity. In the case of the sausage, a full analytic solution is here provided. Other related but more difficult problems seem to demand approximate methods of solution. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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