Monthly Archives: February 2013

Good week

I really enjoyed teaching this past week, and I thought I should get down what happened to cheer me up for those weeks to come that might not go as well. Brachistochrone The calculus of variations stuff that I did … Continue reading

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Brachistochrone approach

Brachistochrone: The shape of the fastest slide between two points. The Brachistochrone problem is one of the first and most important examples of the calculus of variations. It’s nearly required in any Theoretical or Classical Mechanics class for physics majors. … Continue reading

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Snails on a triangle

This post got its spark when I read this These challenging physics problems found by @MrHonner are awesome. — John Burk (@occam98) January 30, 2013 John had also mentioned the list in last week’s Global Physics Department meeting, and … Continue reading

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