We will explore three real life situations proposed in Eugene F. Kraus e's book Taxicab Geometry. First a dispatcher for Ideal City Police Department receives a report of an accident at X = (-1,4). There are two police cars located in the area. Car C is at (2,1) and car D is at (-1,-1). Which car should be sent? Second there are three high schools in Ideal city. Roosevelt at (2,1), Franklin at ( -3,-3) and Jefferson at (-6,-1). Draw in school district boundaries so that each student in Ideal City attends the school closet to them. For the third problem a telephone company wants to set up payphone booths so that everyone living with in twelve blocks of the center of town is with in four blocks of a payphone. Money is tight, the phone company wants to put in the least amount of payphones possible such that this is true.
"Taxi Cab Geometry: History and Applications!,"
The Mathematics Enthusiast: Vol. 2
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol2/iss1/6