Synchrony of Fireflies

Fireflies, Photinus carolinus, dazzle with a spectacular light show each summer. There is math intertwined in this beauty. Scientists have discovered that they exhibit synchronous behavior. According to Steven Strogatz, a Cornell University mathematician, the flashing is an enormous system oscillators, things that have a rhythm and go through a cycle. Their team spent several…

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The Pandemic of Work-From-Home Injuries

Many people are sustaining injuries working from home during the pandemic. This is an excellent story to get students to think about the ergonomic design of work stations. The attached document is a great warm up to understanding how geometry works in ergonomic design. Human Factors and Safety Engineering What types of triangles do you…

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