Special Session at the GRCTM Spring Conference
Co-sponsored by the MLWGS Mu Alpha Theta chapter:
Do Dogs Know Calculus?Dr. Timothy Pennings and Dr. Elvis
Hope College (Michigan)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
MLWGS Auditorium 6:55 – 7:50 p.m.
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, a Welsh Corgi, has never had a calculus course. But when he plays "fetch" at Lake Michigan, he appears to choose paths close to the calculus answer. In this talk we reveal what was found when we experimentally tested this ability. Elvis will be available for follow-up questions.
Dr. Pennings is professor of mathematics at Hope College, the top liberal arts college in the nation in offering paid research opportunities for undergraduates. He directs the undergraduate research in the Department of Mathematics.
Dr. Elvis (he has an honorary doctorate degree) will be in the building demonstrating that he's indeed the King of Calculus - and much more than a hound dog.