ERIC Number: EJ900053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
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Pursuit Curves for the Man in the Moone
Simoson, Andrew J.
College Mathematics Journal, v38 n5 p330-338 Nov 2007
This article considers an old version of the classical pursuit problem as posed by Francis Godwin in 1599, who imagines a wedge of swans flying from the earth to the moon in twelve days, always flying at constant speed toward the moon. The return trip, during which the swans always fly toward the earth at the same speed, takes eight days. A little calculus is used to analyze the consistency of these flight times using both an earth-moon model and a sun-earth-moon model.
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematical Concepts, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Computation
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