For those who followed the America's Cup races, it was probably clear that whoever _designed_ the New Zealand boat did a superior job, given the clean sweep of the series against the most experienced skipper around. And, just as clearly, such design work involved APPLICATIONS OF MATHEMATICS. So, here is one of those teachable moments about how math gets used.
[In the Northwest, we're proud to say that the designer, Laurie Davidson, lives right here in Bellingham, sailing capital of the West Coast!] So, take some vacation days this summer and visit the San Juan Islands and the Strait of Juan de Fuca by sail or ferry, and see the beautiful Olympic Peninsula while you're at it. :)
Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225 firstname.lastname@example.org