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Topic: Re: max min problems
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Rex Boggs

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Re: max min problems
Posted: Oct 26, 2001 6:49 PM
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> While I'm sympathetic to the goal of finding so-called
> interesting problems, Rex's example is hardly an
> improvement on the textbook variety! <grin>

Agree, that's why I asked for others.

> If the idea is to give them a problem where the
> objective function or the constraint needs to
> be constructed with some creativity, it has to
> be realized that, yes, these are interesting, but
> they're not learning "calculus" per se, they're
> learning creativity. What do we really want?

Our course in Queensland is Maths (which includes an introduction to
Calculus). Maybe this makes our perspective different - as it is NOT just a
calculus course, we are just as interested in students learning creativity
as learning calculus.

One of the themes in our syllabus is Mathematical Modelling, so we tend to
approach max-min questions from a modelling perspective. Now there is no
point in modelling a situation that doesn't have some semblance to reality,
which is why I am constantly on the scout for 'real' problems.





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