eJMT Abstract

Title Aligning Solar Cookers: a case study in the use of symbolic geometry and CAS to investigate a real world problem
Author Philip TODD, Aleta KANDLE and Ariel CHEN
Volume 4
Number 1

In this note, we report on two geometrical problems prompted by the analysis of solar cookers which lead to interesting applications of symbolic geometry and CAS technology. The first problem requires only a familiarity with isosceles triangles, while the second problem is a nice example of calculus optimization. Both use technology to aid the mathematical modeling process, but demand clear mathematical thinking of the modeler.