Event Type:

Applied Mathematics and Computation Seminar

Date/Time:

Friday, March 11, 2005 - 04:00

Location:

Gilkey 113

Local Speaker:

Abstract:

This talk, based on joint work with Ron Guenther, concerns the choice of a model for certain problems that come up, for example, in modeling vibrations of a beam, a particle moving on a surface, optimal control, and problems dependent on past history. I will use the beam problem as a guiding example and discuss how topological methods can be used to establish existence of solutions to the integral and integrodifferential equations that arise. The theoretical methods can be implemented numerically to actually find solutions.