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ERIC Number: EJ872624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0746-8342
Dogs Don't Need Calculus
Bolt, Mike
College Mathematics Journal, v41 n1 p10-16 Jan 2010
Many optimization problems can be solved without resorting to calculus. This article develops a new variational method for optimization that relies on inequalities. The method is illustrated by four examples, the last of which provides a completely algebraic solution to the problem of minimizing the time it takes a dog to retrieve a thrown ball, demonstrating that dogs don't need calculus.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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