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The Mathematics Enthusiast

Volume

5

Issue

2-3

Abstract

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 results understandable by students without a background in analytic geometry. By a judicious choice of methods and themes, large parts of the history of calculus can be made accessible to students in Humanities or Education.

First Page

169

Last Page

184

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