In a prior blog post, I presented an uncommon method for solving the well-known Burning Tent problem. My solution, modeled on the approach in the *Connected Geometry* curriculum, used a dynamic ellipse to pinpoint the optimal solution. Now, I'd like to offer a related problem from *Connected Geometry* where … Continue Reading ››

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# The Cowgirl Problem

In a previous post, I described two different approaches to solving the Burning Tent optimization problem. Now I'd like to offer a related problem that I assigned many years ago to my pre-service mathematics teachers at New York University.

A cowgirl wants to give her horse some food and … Continue Reading ››

# Race to the Burning Tent

How can you identify a lover of math? Casually mention a burning tent and notice if her first thought is how to minimize her path to a river and then to the tent to douse the flames. Here is a full statement of this classic geometry problem:

*Ah, the great … Continue Reading ››*