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Mathematical Concepts and Proofs from Nicole Oresme: Using the History of Calculus to Teach Mathematics
This paper examines the mathematical work of the French bishop, Nicole Oresme (c. 1323–1382), and his contributions towards the development of the concept of graphing functions and approaches to investigating infinite ...
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 ...
Sliding Down Inclines with Fixed Descent Time: a Converse to Galileo's Law of Chords
(Canadian Mathematical Society, 2008-12)