Session 96: Stacking Blocks

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Overview

In this session we apply infinite series to a mathematical puzzle. Professor Jerison stacks identical blocks so that each block extends beyond the one below it. Must some part of the top block always be above the bottom block, or can the stack extend further than the length of the bottom block?

Lecture Video and Notes

Video Excerpts

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» Clip 1: Preview of Stacking Blocks (00:05:00)

» Accompanying Notes (PDF)

From Lecture 37 of 18.01 Single Variable Calculus, Fall 2006

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» Clip 2: Stacking Blocks (00:22:00)

» Accompanying Notes (PDF)

From Lecture 38 of 18.01 Single Variable Calculus, Fall 2006

 

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