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DESCRIPTION;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE:The problem of minimizing the perimeter of a rectangle of a given area is familiar to all introductory calculus students. Its solution was not at all natural, however, to Farmer Ted, a fictitious character introduced by Martin in a 1999 Mathematics Magazine article, who required integer solutions to his farming needs. To help Farmer Ted build his coop, Martin’s article defined and characterized what he called almost-squares. Two undergraduate students of mine wrote follow-up papers in the Magazine, in which they helped Farmer Ted by generalizing Martin’s work to three dimensions and to weighted sides, respectively. In this talk I will share the mathematics of, as well as the story behind, these cute problems, as well as some lessons about mathematics, research, and publishing that learned from the process.=0D=0ARefreshments precede the talk at 3:30 p.m. in North Hall 282.
SUMMARY;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE:Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium
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