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This activity was originally created for a Women in Mathematics course to provide students with a small taste of some basic mathematics connected to work of Émilie du Châtelet. The activity has the students use some algebra to look at rates of change (velocity and acceleration) of a paraboloid apparatus. It could also be used in other courses, such as history of math, high school or college algebra, and calculus.
Women in Math, history of math, rate of change, equation of circle
Mathematics | Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Huffman, Cynthia J. Ph.D., "Emilie du Chatelet Activity" (2018). Open Educational Resources - Math. 6.