Mathematics Meets Technology by Brian BoltMathematics Meets Technology by Brian Bolt

Mathematics Meets Technology

byBrian Bolt

Paperback | April 26, 1991

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A resource book which looks at the design of mechanisms, for example gears and linkages, through the eyes of a mathematician. There are a wide variety of examples including car steering, anglepoise lamps, bicycles, cine cameras, folding push chairs and the design of robots. Readers are encouraged to make models throughout and to look for further examples in everyday life. Suitable for GCSE, A level, and mathematics/technology/engineering courses in Further Education.
Title:Mathematics Meets TechnologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.47 inPublished:April 26, 1991Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521376920

ISBN - 13:9780521376921

Appropriate for ages: 11 - 14


Table of Contents

1. Around we go! -Transmitting rotary motion using belts, pulleys, sprockets and chains; 2. Gnashing teeth! -An analysis of gear trains; 3. Tipping, tilting and turning -The variable-based triangle; 4. Swings, lifts and balances -Applications of the parallelogram linkage; 5. From rocking horses to steam engines -Applications of the isosceles trapezium linkage; 6. Why is a cyclist like a pedal bin? -Applications and analysis of the general 4-bar linkage; 7. Hoist away! -Winding mechanisms; 8. Rolling along -Rollers and wheels; 9. Forward twist! -Combining rotary and linear motion; 10. A bumpy ride! -Cams and ratchets; 11. Win some, lose some! -Levers and hydraulic rams; 12. Mechanical manipulators -An analysis of robot designs; Solutions to exercises

From Our Editors

This book has been written to give the reader a insight into the design of mechanisms as seen through the eyes of a mathematician. It can be used in a variety of ways. An individual could work through the book from cover to cover as a text book, but a teacher is more likely to use the book selectively, using it as a resource of ideas and activities to enrich his or her teaching of mathematics or technology.