Archimedes and the Tractrix
Lecture no. 9 from the course: Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition
Taught by Professor Michael Starbird | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course
Optimization problems—for example, maximizing the area that can be enclosed by a certain amount of fencing—often bring students to tears. But they illustrate questions of enormous importance in the real world. The strategy for solving these problems involves an intriguing application of derivatives.