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4:00 pm Friday, September 29, 2017 Undergraduate Colloquium: The mathematics in continuum mechanics by Changhui Tan (Rice) in HBH 227- There are many interesting complex dynamical systems in physics, biology and other sciences. These systems have large sizes, and therefore very hard to solve. Continuum mechanics aims to reduce the size of the systems while still capturing the important macroscopic behaviors. In this talk, I will explain how mathematical models in continuum mechanics can be constructed to simplify the complex structures of large dynamical systems. We will explore four applications: (1) steering a cup of coffee; (2) traffic flows on highway; (3) tracking a hurricane; (4) modeling animal swarms.
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