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An Application of Geography to Mathematics

by V. Frederick Rickey (Bowling Green State University) and Philip M. Tuchinsky (Ford Motor Co.)

This article originally appeared in:
Mathematics Magazine
May, 1980

Subject classification(s): Calculus | Single Variable Calculus | Integration
Applicable Course(s): 3.0 Calculus | 3.2 Mainstream Calculus II | 3.5 Non-mainstream Calc II

The authors review the history of the evaluation of the integral of the secant as it arose as an explanation of the construction of Mercator projections.


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