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#### The Brachistochrone Problem: Mathematics for a Broad Audience via a Large Context Problem

(Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics & Information Age Publishing, 2008)

Large context problems (LCP) are useful in teaching the history of science. In this article we consider the brachistochrone problem in a context stretching from Euclid through the Bernoullis. We highlight a variety of ...

#### Attainable lengths for circular binary words avoiding k-powers

(The Belgian Mathematical Society, 2005)

We show that binary circular words of length n avoiding 7/3+ powers exist
for every sufficiently large n. This is not the case for binary circular words
avoiding k+ powers with k < 7/3

#### Extremal words in morphic subshifts

(Elsevier, 2014-01-22)

Given an infinite word x over an alphabet A, a letter b occurring in
x, and a total order \sigma on A, we call the smallest word with respect to \sigma
starting with b in the shift orbit closure of x an extremal word of ...

#### Avoidability index for binary patterns with reversal

(2017)

For every pattern p over the alphabet {x,x^R,y,y^R}, we specify the least k such that p is k-avoidable.

#### A direct proof of a result of Thue

(Utilitas Mathematica, 1984)

#### Avoiding Patterns in the Abelian Sense

(Canadian Mathematical Society, 2001-08)

We classify all 3 letter patterns that are avoidable in the abelian sense. A short list of four letter patterns for which abelian avoidance is undecided is given. Using a generalization of Zimin words we deduce some ...

#### COVID-19’s Second Wave: How are teachers faring with the return to physical schools?

(Canadian Education Network, 2020-11-20)

#### Combinatorics and Algorithmics of Strings

(Dagstuhl Publishing, 2014-03-09)

Strings (aka sequences or words) form the most basic and natural data structure. They occur whenever information is electronically transmitted (as bit streams), when natural language text is spoken or written down (as words ...

#### Sliding Down Inclines with Fixed Descent Time: a Converse to Galileo's Law of Chords

(Canadian Mathematical Society, 2008-12)

#### Unary patterns under permutations

(Elsevier, 2018-06-04)

Thue characterized completely the avoidability of unary patterns. Adding function variables gives a general setting capturing avoidance of powers, avoidance of patterns with palindromes, avoidance of powers under coding, ...