Math Colloquium: Tim Pennings

Thursday, November 8 at 11:00am

VanderWerf Hall, 102
27 Graves Place, Holland, MI 49423-3617

"Do Dogs Know Calculus?” by Dr. Tim Pennings, Mathematics Department Chair, Davenport University

A standard calculus problem is to find the quickest path from a point on shore to a point in the lake, given that running speed is greater than swimming speed. Elvis, my Welsh Corgi, never had a calculus course. But when we played “fetch” at Lake Michigan, he appeared to choose paths close to the calculus answer. In this talk we form a mathematical model and reveal what was found when we experimentally tested this ability. 


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Academics, Natural & Applied Sciences Division, Mathematics

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