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ERIC Number: EJ938160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0746-8342
Do Dogs Know Related Rates Rather than Optimization?
Perruchet, Pierre; Gallego, Jorge
College Mathematics Journal, v37 n1 p16-19 Jan 2006
Although dogs seemingly follow the optimal path where they get to a ball thrown into the water, they certainly do not know the minimization function proposed in the calculus books. Trading the optimization problem for a related rates problem leads to a mathematically identical solution, which, it is argued here, is a more plausible model for the strategy of dogs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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