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A Mathematical Medley will delight all lovers of mathematics & physics by challenging them with intriguing riddles & problems. Be prepared to exercise your brain while having more fun with math & physics than you ever did in school

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A Mathematical Medley is Laubach's offering of mathematical tidbits accumulated during his career as a mathematics teacher. He seeks to share with others selected surprises and thrills he experienced during his career in mathematics. About 20 problems are solved, from determining the speed of a toy gyroscope to terrestrial measurements to tips for mental arithmetic. Fortunately, these are not the typical overworked problems from pure mathematics found in recreational mathematics books, but rather the investigation of more practical issues. The exposition is spunky, with humor retained rather than excised. The book is for those who have math-science-engineering bents. Bookstores with a scientific clientele and larger public libraries with a sophisticated readership may want to make this book available. All levels. W. R. Lee; Iowa State University

### Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Cow that Walked the Involute | p. 1 |

A cow winding her way around a stake generates a couple of problems | |

Chapter 2 Pianos Are Tachometers | p. 7 |

It's a novel way to determine the speed of a toy gyroscope | |

Chapter 3 Gilding the Golden Rectangle | p. 11 |

With the proper spin a spiral is spun | |

One of the most intriguing chapters | |

Chapter 4 The Fibonacci-Golden Ratio Connection | p. 15 |

The sequence and the ratio are intertwined | |

Chapter 5 At the Drop of a Needle | p. 23 |

What are the odds that the needle comes to rest on a joint between the floor boards? | |

Chapter 6 A Shortcut to a Head Count | p. 25 |

Eliminate drudgery to compute the probability of exactly N heads in 2N coin tosses | |

Chapter 7 Treatise on Air Pressure | p. 27 |

Learn how to determine it without a barometer | |

Chapter 8 Distance to the Horizon | p. 31 |

The simplified formula is simply derived | |

Chapter 9 Probability About Birthdays | p. 35 |

What is the chance that at least two of your group have the same birthday? | |

Chapter 10 A Fascinating Array of Numbers | p. 37 |

It supplies some fascinating results | |

Chapter 11 What Goes up Must Come Down | p. 41 |

This reveals the atmosphere's effect on ballistics | |

Chapter 12 Ramifications of Leap Year | p. 47 |

Ramification requires no amplification | |

Chapter 13 Miscellaneous Tidbits | p. 51 |

It's just what it says | |

Chapter 14 The Cinematic Stroboscope | p. 55 |

Why does the wagon wheel in the old time movies rotate so erratically | |

Chapter 15 Tips for Mental Arithmetic | p. 61 |

You too can amaze your friends | |

Chapter 16 Bombers, Bullets and Shock Waves | p. 67 |

If, about shock waves little did you know, then this may teach you a bit more | |

Chapter 17 A Lunar Look | p. 75 |

This may answer your questions, if any, about full moon | |

Chapter 18 Some Terrestrial Measurements | p. 79 |

Spherical geometry and trigonometry are introduced and applied | |

Chapter 19 Some Terrestrial Navigation | p. 89 |

Techniques for figuring out your latitude and longitude, the direction of your course to Murmansk, and stuff like that | |

Chapter 20 Fun with the Sun | p. 97 |

We apply the spherical triangle to some solar astronomy | |

Chapter 21 Much Ado About Orbits | p. 109 |

It develops all you want to know about orbits, maybe more | |

Chapter 22 Four for the Road | p. 125 |

The Author shares these unforgettable problems that he happened to recall | |

Glossary | p. 129 |

Index of Formulas | p. 132 |