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How to Free Your Inner MathematicianNotes on Mathematics and Life$
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Susan D'Agostino

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843597.001.0001

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Proceed at your own pace, because of terminal velocity

Proceed at your own pace, because of terminal velocity

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(p.109) 18 Proceed at your own pace, because of terminal velocity
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How to Free Your Inner Mathematician
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Susan D'Agostino

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843597.003.0019

“Proceed at your own pace, because of terminal velocity” offers a short introduction to the mathematics behind terminal velocity—the speed at which the force of air resistance equals the force of gravity on that object. The discussion is illustrated with hand-drawn sketches. Mathematics students and enthusiasts are encouraged to find their own metaphorical terminal velocity in mathematical and life pursuits—the moment at which the force of resistance they encounter matches the force they are able to expend. At the chapter’s end, readers may check their understanding by working on a problem. A solution is provided.

Keywords:   terminal velocity, math, air resistance, gravity, life

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