ERIC Number: EJ900056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
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Do Dogs Know Bifurcations?
Minton, Roland; Pennings, Timothy J.
College Mathematics Journal, v38 n5 p356-361 Nov 2007
When a dog (in this case, Tim Pennings' dog Elvis) is in the water and a ball is thrown downshore, it must choose to swim directly to the ball or first swim to shore. The mathematical analysis of this problem leads to the computation of bifurcation points at which the optimal strategy changes.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Animals, Mathematical Concepts, Computation, College Mathematics
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Education Level: Higher Education
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