Education Technology

Finding the Minimal Path to Put Out a Fire

Published on 05/03/2009

Activity Overview

A camper (at position A) must quickly put out a campfire (at position B). The river is represented by the horizontal line segment CD passing through point P. Where should point P be positioned on the river so that the camper will travel the shortest (minimal) path from point A, to the river at point P, and then to the fire at point B?