Baserunner’s Optimal Path

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This work stemmed from a Williams College undergraduate colloquium talk by Carozza advised by Morgan. Johnson, who was in the audience, discovered the remarkably simple critical condition and computed the fastest path of Figure 1. Morgan acknowledges NSF support.

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Carozza, D., Johnson, S. & Morgan, F. Baserunner’s Optimal Path. Math Intelligencer 32, 10–15 (2010).

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  • Minimal Surface
  • Velocity Space
  • Critical Path
  • Mathematical Intelligencer
  • Maximum Acceleration