Abstract / Synopsis
The aim of this paper is to showcase a handful of mathematical challenges found in classical literature and to offer possible ways of integrating classical literature in mathematics lessons. We analyze works from a range of authors such as Jules Verne, Anton Chekhov, and others. We also propose ideas for further tasks. Most of the problems can be restated in terms of simple mathematical equations, and they can often be solved without a computer. Nevertheless, we use the computer program Mathcad to solve the problems and to illustrate the solutions to enhance the reader’s mathematical experience.
Ochkov, V. F. and Look, A. "A System of Equations: Mathematics Lessons in Classical Literature," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 5 Issue 2 (July 2015), pages 121-132. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201502.11 . Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol5/iss2/11