Electronic Proceedings of the Twentythird Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate MathematicsDenver, Colorado, March 1720, 2011Paper C018
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Use of Maple and Calculus Concepts to Solve an Optimization Problem in a Physical Phenomenon 
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The rainbow is one natural phenomenon whose formation depends on factors including angles of deflection, incidence and refraction. The Derivative Test, Properties of light and Maple will be applied to derive the minimal angle of deflection which is an important characteristic in visualizing the rainbow.
Keyword(s): calculus, Maple, applications