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    Math research project.

    For my calculus 1 course, I am allowed to do a project and present it to the class for ten minutes. the professor said you can either do 1 of two things 1: do a calculus project that is related towards your major, or 2: do a history of a certain person that created a certain function or had significant value in calculus creation. Any suggestion guys ? I am kind of looking for a hidden one- one that is not well known. One girl in my class already did the function, where it is differential everyone but continuous no where.
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    Re: Math research project.

    since a function must be continuous at a point for it's derivative at that point to exist I'm curious how such a function can exist.
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    Re: Math research project.

    Sorry other way around, continuous everywhere, differential nowhere.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weierstrass_function
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    Re: Math research project.

    What is your major? Maybe then we can think of something calculus related?

    Gabriel's horn "paradox" is fascinating but the maths is probably beyond Calculus 1 level. (Google it!)
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    Re: Math research project.

    I'd think it would be an interesting project to see how far back in history people were doing things that were approximately calculus without calling it that.

    Certainly Archimedes understood differentials to some extent.
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    Re: Math research project.

    Quote Originally Posted by Debsta View Post
    What is your major? Maybe then we can think of something calculus related?

    Gabriel's horn "paradox" is fascinating but the maths is probably beyond Calculus 1 level. (Google it!)
    My major is going to either be applied mathematics and statistics, or mathematics: statistics and probability, or double major with math and computer science. Moreover, it does not matter if the level is over calc 1. Professor just wants us to do research and get enthused about calc.
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    Re: Math research project.

    Quote Originally Posted by romsek View Post
    I'd think it would be an interesting project to see how far back in history people were doing things that were approximately calculus without calling it that.

    Certainly Archimedes understood differentials to some extent.
    Very interesting!
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