Rolling races

This animation of rolling (and one sliding) objects accompanies a team-project for the multi/variable/vector calculus class taught by Matthias Kawski which is part of the Integrated Sophomore program of the Engineering Foundation Coalition The calculations behind the animation (moments of inertia, equations of motion) are done in MAPLE V (release 4), which also was used to create the animation. A (very large) worksheet may be found here.