PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:How the golf ball got its spots. (Joint Seminar with SIAM Student Chapter)
Seminar:CCMA Luncheon Seminar
Speaker:Douglas N.Arnold,
McKnight Presidential Professor of Mathematics, University of Minnesota
During the 19th century it was discovered that a golf ball with a rough surface could be driven further than a smooth one. Since then thousands of dimple patterns have been proposed in an attempt to exploit this. Still no one knows how to find the optimal design. In this talk (which requires no technical prerequisites) I will look at some of the fascinating mathematics, physics, and computation which this search entails.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB114
Date:01 / 28 / 2011
Time:12:15pm - 01:30pm