11/13/03 MATHEMATICS
DEPARTMENT, FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY

MATH
COLLOQUIUM, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 11:00 AM, STARR 138

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**SPEAKER: **Robert McCullough,

** **Associate Professor,
Department of Mathematics, Ferris State University** **

**TITLE: **An Investigation Into the Mathematical Principles Underlying

Hypersonic Velocity and Ion
Propulsion

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**ABSTRACT:**

*Hypersonic velocity and ion
propulsion are two of the leading-edge technologies currently being pursued by
NASA and other countries around the world.
In this talk we will consider some of the mathematical ideas behind
these seemingly futuristic ideas and relate them to the mathematics courses
offered at Ferris State University. In
particular, applications from algebra, trigonometry, calculus and numerical
analysis will be mentioned. In
addition, the audience will get a deeper understanding into how beneficial and
downright enjoyable a sabbatical leave can be.
Although filled with exciting mathematical formulas, this talk is more
than simply a talk about mathematics and will not require any knowledge beyond
calculus to fully understand.*

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**REFRESHMENTS: **11:00
am, STARR 138

http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/colleges/artsands/Math/MATH_COLLOQUIUM/ColloquiumWeb/index.html

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