PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Victoria Sadovskaya, Flossie Dunlop, Mari Royer.

Title:Mathematics through physics
Seminar:MASS Colloquium
Speaker:Mark Levi, Penn State University
Abstract:
Physics often provides mathematics not only with a problem, but sometimes also with the idea of a solution. Some calculus problems can be solved by a physical argument more quickly and easily than by the "standard" approach used in college courses. This simplification can be quite striking in some cases. Quite a few theorems which may seem somewhat mysterious become completely obvious when interpreted physically (the trick is to find a suitable interpretation). This is the case for some “elementary” theorems (the Pythagorean Theorem, Pappus' theorems, some trig identities (e.g., cos(x+y)=..., Euler's famous formula V-E+F=2, and more) and for some less elementary ones (no familiarity with any of these is assumed): Green's theorem, the Riemann Mapping Theorem, the Gauss-Bonnet theorem, Noether's theorem on conserved quantities, Poincare integral invariance, and more. I will describe a miscellaneous sampling of problems according to the audience's preferences.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB114
Date:09 / 05 / 2013
Time:01:25pm - 02:25pm