Skating on Mathematically Thin Ice

How thin can ice be before it breaks beneath you? Would you believe that mathematics can explain the answer? Watch the video above to learn more!

BADGING

Watch the video above and answer the following questions in a couple of sentences each.

  1. How is the thickness of the ice related to the sound that the ice makes? What “pitch” indicates that the ice is ready to break?
  2. List the three things that the mathematician observed about thin ice. Explain how each one is related to mathematics.
  3. What’s the name of the formula that relates the sound the ice makes to its thickness?
  4. What is his motivation for doing this dangerous activity?

Thanks to Jaymin P. for suggesting this badging opportunity!

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