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What's the connection between Riemann sums and airplanes?
Posted:
Jul 16, 1996 12:31 AM


Dear Jacob,
I have found home! I can cry about my Riemann Sums here.
I am a pilot. I am just finishing my B.S. I can't understand what earthly use I have for Riemann Sums (dare I wonder about Calculus in general?)
Truely, though, the next time I lose an engine I can fully appreciate the relation of my velocity to my acceleration and to my final delta x. I can't think of anything more relevant or uplifting for such events. Oh, well I am nearly done...but I am having a devil of a time with this Riemann thing  can any help? I have posted my question in the newsgroup sci.math. (Can't miss it. It says Help please Riemann Summs).
I don't always fly around and do math. Sometimes I read. Right now I am reading a light little work by Keith Taylor called The Logic of Limits. No, I am not being funny, that really is the title. Currently am stumped on rectangular hyperbola's. What are they? He uses them in reference to the topics of cooperativity and anticooperativity, convergence and divergence and to saturation and thresholds.
Now to make my plea for help a bit more interesting...as I said I am a pilot but I am also a flight instructor who teaches aerobatics in a Beech Mentor T34 complete with smoke system. Free ride, you get to do the flying, to first person (or to any person really) who can answer these questions. Only catch is that you will have to get yourself to the Scottsdale Airport in Scottsdale, Arizona. USA. If you are from out of state just make it to Phoenix we can arrange for a ride to Scottsdale.
Happy calculating,
Steph t34@primenet.com



