Thursday, March 24, 2005

when calculus pays off

A colleague received a question that went something like this:

"I do a lot of driving for my job. My route's boundary can be described as City A, B, C, and D. I'm wondering how many square miles I cover in a single day of work."

Uh huh. Sounds like a basic integration problem that would have been on a Calculus exam. An example of how math skills are used in the real world, assuming the library is the real world.

By the way, that was a question for Marian. I majored in math, but wasn't there to help. And, Marian devised a way to figure it out. That's why they pay her the big bucks!

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