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Mom! There's an Astroid in My Closet!

by Eugene Boman, Richard Brazier, Derek Seiple

Year of Award: 2008

Award: Carl B. Allendoerfer

Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, vol. 80, (2007), pp. 104-111

Summary: The authors use calculus to determine the floor space necessary to accomodate bi-fold and standard closet doors.

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About the Authors

Eugene Boman received his B.A. from Reed College in 1984, his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 1986 and 1993, respectively. He has been at The Pennsylvania State University (first at the DuBois campus and currently at the Harrisburg campus) since 1996.

Richard Brazier received a B.Sc. Honors degree in mathematics from Bath University England in 1991, his M.S. in 1994 and his Ph.D. in 1997 in applied mathematics from the University of Arizona. He is currently an associate professor of mathematics and geology at The Pennsylvania State University, DuBois campus and Chair of the DuBois campus Earth Science Program.

Derek Seiple received his B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona.

Subject classification(s): Calculus
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 22, 2008