Playing with Wigner’s swallow, Baxter’s Dog and infinite series

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A well-known puzzle involving the repeated flying of a swallow between two cyclists is extended to investigate the effect of nonuniform speeds. The resulting generalizations provide examples that can be used in the context of the teaching aspects of the manipulation of infinite series, including the use of telescoping sums and products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Early online date18 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished online - 18 Oct 2021

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  • Recreational mathematics
  • infinite series
  • kinematics


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