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Re: max min problems
Posted:
Oct 26, 2001 6:49 PM


From: "SANTU DESILVA" <desilva@lycoming.edu> > While I'm sympathetic to the goal of finding socalled > 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 maxmin 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.
Cheers
Rex

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