Event Type:

Applied Mathematics and Computation Seminar

Date/Time:

Friday, November 19, 2010 - 04:00

Location:

GLK 113

Local Speaker:

Abstract:

Mathematicians often pay too little attention to the physical assumptions behind the mathematical models and moreover often make mathematical assumptions without regard to the impact those assumptions have on the physical problem they seek to solve. Physical assumptions usually have mathematical ramifications and mathematical assumptions often constrict the range of applications, or even lead to impossible physical situations. In this talk, we will look carefully at the mathematical and physical assumptions behind the derivation of the Navier-Stokes equations and see how certain physical assumptions are reflected in the mathematics and conversely, how mathematical assumptions are reflected in the physical applications.