Electronic Proceedings of the Tenth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

Chicago, Illinois, November 6-9, 1997

Paper C007

Velocity Profile of a Particle Moving on an Irregular Pathway With Friction Using a Computer Algebra System

Charles B. Wakefield

Department of Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science
University of Texas at Permian Basin
Odessa, TX 79762

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The problem illustrates vividly the Calculus in Calculus Based Engineering Physics. It can be used to illustrate the use of a computer algebra system and the basic Calculus involved in the Engineering Physics course and the calculus course.

Keyword(s): calculus, multivariable calculus, computer algebra systems, Mathematica, applications