Description 
1 online resource (xix, 183 pages) : illustrations 
Contents 
The first Labor : the Nemean Lion  The second Labor : the Lernean Hydra  The third Labor : the Hind of Ceryneia  The fourth Labor : the Erymanthian Boar  The fifth Labor : the Augean Stables  The sixth Labor : the Stymphalian Birds  The seventh Labor : the Cretan Bull  The eighth Labor : the Horses of Diomedes  The ninth Labor : the Belt of Hippolyte  The tenth Labor : Geryon's Cattle  The eleventh Labor : the Apples of the Hesperides  The twelfth Labor : Cerberus  Appendix A. The Labors and subject areas of mathematics  Appendix B. Hercules before the Labors  Appendix C. The authors of the Hercules myth  Appendix D. The Laplace Transform  Appendix E. solution to the sudoku puzzles 
Summary 
How might Hercules, the most famous of the Greek heroes, have used mathematics to complete his astonishing Twelve Labors? From conquering the Nemean Lion and cleaning out the Augean Stables, to capturing the Erymanthean Boar and entering the Underworld to defeat the threeheaded dog Cerberus, Hercules and his legend are the inspiration for this book of fun and original math puzzles. While Hercules relied on superhuman strength to accomplish the Twelve Labors, Mythematics shows how math could have helped during his quest. How does Hercules defeat the Lernean Hydra and stop its heads from multiplying? Can Hercules clean the Augean Stables in a day? What is the probability that the Cretan Bull will attack the citizens of Marathon? How does Hercules deal with the terrifying Kraken? Michael Huber's inventive math problems are accompanied by short descriptions of the Twelve Labors, taken from the writings of Apollodorus, who chronicled the life of Hercules two thousand years ago. Tasks are approached from a mathematical modeling viewpoint, requiring varying levels of knowledge, from basic logic and geometry to differential and integral calculus. Mythematics provides helpful hints and complete solutions, and the appendixes include a brief history of the Hercules tale, a review of mathematics and equations, and a guide to the various disciplines of math used throughout the book. An engaging combination of ancient mythology and modern mathematics, Mythematics will enlighten and delight mathematics and classics enthusiasts alike 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167169) and index 
Notes 
Print version record 
Subject 
Heracles (Greek mythological character)

SUBJECT 
Heracles (Greek mythological character) fast 
Subject 
Problem solving.


Problem Solving


MATHEMATICS  General.


MATHEMATICS  Essays.


MATHEMATICS  PreCalculus.


MATHEMATICS  Reference.


Problem solving

Genre/Form 
dissertations.


Academic theses


Academic theses.


Thèses et écrits académiques.

Form 
Electronic book

LC no. 
2009008535 
ISBN 
9781400831906 

1400831903 
