Nakamaye, Michael. (2020). ActivityName. In S. Bowen (Ed.), Shifting Gears: Approximations in Cycling. American Institute of Mathematics.

Shifting Gears: Approximations in Cycling

Math Circles:
After studying James Tanton’s MTC session about bicycle tracks, avid bicyclist Michael Nakamaye started questioning the mathematics behind how a bike works. How do gears work? How many teeth are there usually on the different gears? Why? How is a bike like a ratio machine?

Activity Guide

This guide looks at the activity in detail and goes into the underlying math.