MATC Mathematics Club
Lecture #102

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin


Spring 2011 Presentation #102 (1, 28, 2011)

Professor John A. Frohliger, St. Norbert College

"The Shortest Distance is Along a Straight Line, Even When It's Not"

Previous Lectures: "Pythagorean Triples: Where Do They Come From?", "The Golden Ratio", "Finding the Odd Weight", "Worms, Blocks, and Harmony", "Honey, Where Shall We Sit?" and "One Potato, Two Potato, ..."

Abstract: Everyone knows that the shortest distance from point A to point B is along a straight line. But that's just if you're moving along a plane. What if you're moving from one top corner of an open box to the top corner on the opposite side? Or what if you're traveling from one side to a triangle to the other two sides and back? Bring a ruler and let's explore these and other similar questions

Biography: Professor John A. Frohliger of St. Norbert College has been an Associate Professor of Mathematics at St. Norbert College since 1983. He received his B.A. from Indiana University and M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He has served as the Wisconsin coordinator of the American High School Mathematics Examination (AHSME), 1987-92, the Chair of the Wisconsin Section of the MAA 1998-1999 and a Reader for the AP calculus exam since 2000.


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