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Curvature (part 2)

In my last post Curvature, I showed how the curvature, along a path is equal to: . I then asked a “challenge” question about how one could compute the curvature without referencing a velocity or acceleration vector. I have slightly rephrased the question below: Is

Posted in Multivariable Calculus


There is a natural way to compute the curvature for a curve whose position is given as a function of time, . The following is the vector proof which shows how the velocity and acceleration vectors can be used to compute the curvature at any time. Is there

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Posted in Multivariable Calculus

Christmas Fractal Competition Vote!

Your SAS Multivariable Calculus Class presents… The Second Annual Christmas Tree Competition! Vote for your favorite here!

Posted in Multivariable Calculus

An end and a new beginning…

Check out the prezi for a summary of our 2 week experiment You’ll find out what our students thought of the experiment. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and find their reflections helpful!

Posted in Advanced Chemistry, Multivariable Calculus

The power of aggregation – part 2

In part 1, I argued that many of the most compelling processes that we observe in the world around us work according to a basic principle associated with aggregation. I will expand on this by writing a few lines that

Posted in Advanced Chemistry, Multivariable Calculus

The power of aggregation – part 1

This is the information age, and sitting at the heart of the information expansion that has defined this age is a simple idea: aggregation. Swimming in all this information, will humans ever be able to reliably predict the future? And

Posted in Advanced Chemistry, Multivariable Calculus

Engineering scientific discovery

I was recently listening to archived Radiolab episodes, and came across this story about Eureqa, a computer algorithm that looks for patterns in data sets. The amazing thing about this story is that the algorithm finds correlations and relationships between

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Posted in Advanced Chemistry, Multivariable Calculus, Steven Strogatz