Sherlock Holmes Meets Pierre de Fermat

  • William McGowen Priestley
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)


Given a curve, such as the one below, how can one locate its lowest point? This problem arose naturally in Chapter 1, along with the analogous problem of finding the highest point on a curve. Both problems can be solved by the same method, to which we now turn.


Quadratic Function Quadratic Formula Tangent Line Maximal Area Wrong Answer 
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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • William McGowen Priestley
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsThe University of the SouthSewaneeUSA

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