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Truck Versus Human: Mathematics Under Pressure

Elizabeth Field, Rachael Ivison, Amanda Reyher and Steven Warner
The College Mathematics Journal
Vol. 45, No. 2 (March 2014), pp. 116-120
DOI: 10.4169/college.math.j.45.2.116
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Summary If you are ever faced with an oncoming truck, this paper could save your life. We investigate the optimal path that you should take from the middle of the road to the curb in order to avoid being hit by an oncoming truck. Although your instincts may tell you to run directly toward the curb, it turns out that this path, although the shortest, is not generally the safest.

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