May 24, 2004
Gordon Ovenshine (724) 738-4854; e-mail: email@example.com
MATHEMATICAL COMMUNITY TO GATHER JUNE 9-12
ANALYSIS MATH SYMPOSIUM AT SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.
– Some of the best mathematicians in the world meet June 9-12
at Slippery Rock University for an international symposium on real
analysis, a branch of calculus with applications to science,
engineering, economics, even entertainment and the stock
converge for the Summer Symposium in Real Analysis XXVIII sponsored
by SRU’s math department and the National Science Foundation,
which provided a $5,000 grant. The math professors teach at
universities in the U.S., England, Russia, India, Kuwait, Slovakia,
Czech Republic, Egypt and Italy.
symposium puts Slippery Rock University in the spotlight and shows
the strength of our math programs,” says SRU’s Dr.
Robert Vallin, professor of mathematics who petitioned the Real
Analysis Exchange, a journal based at Michigan State University, to
hold the symposium at SRU. “Local math students will have the
wonderful opportunity to see a slice of the world-wide mathematical
community, to encounter new ideas in the field and to interact with
people from a variety of other cultures.”
Real analysis is
an exploration of the machinery behind the functions and techniques
in calculus, he says. Analysts question why these things work in
the way they do. This complete understanding of the calculus leads
to mathematicians being able to develop methods used to master
subjects such as chaos, which studies such real-world subjects such
as the human heartbeat, predator-prey patterns, the spread of
disease and the stock market.
application concerns the differential equations used by animators
to simulate realistic movement by characters in movies such as
“Toy Story and “Shrek,”
Vallin says. Differential equations describe the laws of physics
that determine movement. If you know where an object is and the
forces acting on it, others can determine where it will be in the
mathematicians will also experience a bit of western Pennsylvania
by traveling to Pittsburgh and taking in a cruise on one of
Pittsburgh’s three rivers.
SRU math majors Mike Bobby of Northern
Cambria, Courtney Geary of Bellefonte and Melissa Hulings of
Slippery Rock are student hosts.
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