11/13/03 MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT, FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
MATH COLLOQUIUM, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 11:00 AM, STARR 138
SPEAKER: Robert McCullough,
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Ferris State University
TITLE: An Investigation Into the Mathematical Principles Underlying
Hypersonic Velocity and Ion Propulsion
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.
REFRESHMENTS: 11:00 am, STARR 138