Straighten it Out -- MMTC

This sequence of interactive activities was originally presented as a mini-course at the Middlebury Math Teacher's Circle, August 2019. It is suitable for a wide variety of mathematical audiences. Abstract: We'll discuss a few principles of optimizing a network of edges amongst a set of nodes (or points). In the process, we'll encounter illustrative activities that can be used in courses on Geometry (constructive, deductive or practical), Calculus, Graph Theory, Combinatorics, and others. Contact me with feedback or questions: Greg Petrics -- Northern Vermont University