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ERIC Number: EJ940261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Modeling the Sliding/Falling Ladder Paradox
Fox, William P.; Fox, James B.
PRIMUS, v13 n3 p277-286 2003
Recently we were presented with an interesting twist to the sliding ladder problem viewed in the related rates section of most calculus textbooks. Our problem concerning a sliding ladder that eventually hits the ground. At first, those attempting this problem fell into the calculus trap using only related rates. Previous work for this problem included higher order systems of differential equations in the solution. This paper discusses a new direction with modeling issues, several modeling based solutions, and numerical methods to solve these models using a spreadsheet. (Contains 2 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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