Author Archives: Aaron
Appropriate Level: Real analysis. The Question: Suppose is infinitely differentiable and that for each there is some for which the -th derivative of at equals 0. Must be a polynomial?
Appropriate Level: Abstract Algebra The Question: Recall that the cyclotomic polynomials are defined for so that . Is it true that every coefficient of every cyclotomic polynomial is either 0, 1, or -1?
Appropriate Level: Trigonometry Background: Here is a wonderful photograph: This picture was taken by an astronaut onboard the Apollo 17 spacecraft in 1972. This was the last manned spaceflight to the moon and the last time someone was far enough away from … Continue reading
Appropriate Level: Geometry and Beyond The Warm-up Question: If every point of the plane is colored either red or blue, do there necessarily exist two points of the same color that are exactly 1 unit apart? The Question: If every point of … Continue reading
Appropriate Level: Trigonometry The Story: I spent a summer in Chicago and early one morning I watched the sun rise over Lake Michigan (the lake is large enough that you cannot see across it, at least from Chicago). I stood … Continue reading
Appropriate Level: Calculus (1 or 2, depending on how your courses are divided). The Question: You start with a unit square (say a piece of paper). Choose two adjacent sides of the square and randomly pick a point on each. … Continue reading