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Can a Bicycle Create a Unicycle Track?

by David L. Finn

Award: George Pólya Award

Year of Award: 2003

Publication Information: The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 33 (2002), pp. 283-292.

Summary: The author argues that a bicycle can create a single (unicycle) track.

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About the Author: (from The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 33 (2002)) David L. Finn is an associate professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He has a B.S. in applied mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Northeastern University. His current mathematical interests lie in the interplay of analysis, geometry, and physics. His non-mathematical interests include his family and rooting for the Red Sox.


Subject classification(s): Analysis | Numerical Analysis | Calculus | Curvilinear Coordinates | Several Variables | Geometry and Topology | Differential Geometry
Publication Date: 
Monday, March 31, 2008