Calculus at the Battle of Trafalgar

All's fair in math and war. Scholars examine the Battle of Trafalgar using calculus. They set up and solve a system of differential equations to determine the number of ships remaining in each fleet over time.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Team up with a social studies teacher for the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners need to be able to solve differential equations, including second-order differential equations
  • Note that the solutions are on the same webpage; instructors may wish to print out the problems to give to the class
Pros

  • Provides solutions and commentary
  • Includes references for further study
Cons

  • None