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Honeycomb Calculus

Honeycomb Calculus
Dec. 20, 2018
 

Dr. Huntington recently challenged calculus students with an assignment to minimize the amount of road needed to connect 4 towns.  Students had to "do the math" using differential calculus in order to achieve an accurate solution. With the help of the Engineering Department, students tested their theories with different shapes dipped in soapy water and bubbles. 

 Honeycomb Calculus

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The solution is related to the way bees make a honeycomb. For more on this topic, check out this story on why bees use hexagons to build honeycombs. Why not rectangles? Robert Krulwich/NPR  

 

Working in teams, this hands-on approach proved to be a great challenge.

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Seeing students working together with great urgency shows how powerful experiential learning can bee!

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Thank you Dr. Huntington!

Dr Huntington