FALL 1998 FORTY-NINTH SERIES

WEDNESDAYS
         
Lecture at 4:00 PM in Darwin 108, Coffee in Darwin 108 Foyer at 3:40 PM 

M*A*T*H COLLOQUIUM




SEPTEMBER 9

SUPPLY CONTRACTS IN A CAPACITY-CONSTRAINED SUPPLIER OLIGOPOLY

 

Elizabeth C. Junqueira, graduate of SSU Mathematics Department and Doctoral Candidate, University of California, Berkeley, will explore a model of the supplier's problem of how much to produce and how to allocate inventory among multiple buyers to achieve various objectives.


SEPTEMBER 16 BACK TO THE FUTURE

Clement E. Falbo, Professor of Mathematics, Sonoma State University, will show how a particle acts when its velocity at a given time is proportional to its position in reversed time. Differential equations with time warps will be discussed.



SEPTEMBER 23 BIOLOGICAL FILTERS

Angela Cheer, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Davis, will discuss the study of animal gills and hairy arrays through simulation of fluid flow around these structures. This recent work uses state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics technology.



SEPTEMBER 30 WOMEN ARCHITECTS, MATHEMATICS, AND THE RATIONALIZED HOUSEHOLD IN GERMANY, 1900-1930

Despina M. Stratigakos, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History and Art, Bryn Mawr College, will discuss the state of mathematics education in Germany in the early 1900s and how mathematics was applied to domestic architecture and housework in the form of ergography, the science of fatigue.



OCTOBER 7 GENERALIZED DEBRUIJN SEQUENCES: WHEN BINARY CIRCLES JUST AREN'T ENOUGH ANYMORE

Tony Barcellos, Professor of Mathematics, American River College, will discuss directed graphs and problems encountered in counting them. DeBruijn sequences are a special combinatorial construct that appear in several places in mathematics.



OCTOBER 14 BEES DO IT

Rad Dimitric, Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, will discuss two- and three-dimensional mathematical aspects of bee cell construction.



OCTOBER 21 GENERAL EQUILIBRIUM IN AN EDGEWORTH BOX

Jane B. Millar, Professor of Mathematics, Santa Rosa Junior College, will discuss how to find bliss in an Edgeworth box with a little help from economic theory and calculus when endowed with less than optimal amounts of bread and wine.



OCTOBER 28 A SINGULAR VIEW OF THE GAMMA FUNCTION

David Sklar, Senior Optical Designer, SOLA Optical USA, former Mathematics faculty of SSU, will discuss some well-known properties of the Gamma Function and a weak version of the Weierstrass Factorization Theorem. They will be used to illuminate some beautiful formulas connecting gamma functions, exponentials, and trigonometric functions.



NOVEMBER 4 A SOCIETY OF QUESTIONERS AND QUESTIONEES: ON A FORGOTTEN ARGUMENT AGAINST SAMPLING HUMAN POPULATIONS

Zeno G. Swijtink, Professor of Philosophy, Sonoma State University, will raise the question: Is statistics a handmaiden of technocrats or a tool for self-governance by citizens? He will also address problems with the year 2000 United States census.



NOVEMBER 11
PERIODIC POINTS

Edward C. Keppelmann, Professor of Mathematics, University of Nevada, Reno, will introduce the concept of periodic points of a function from a set to itself. Some interesting estimates on the number of periodic points will be explored.



NOVEMBER 18 LEAST STATISTICALLY-DEPENDENT BASIS AND ITS APPLICATION TO IMAGE MODELING

Naoki Saito, Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Davis, will describe how to compute a close-to-the-best coordinate system for rapid image compression and modeling. An application to modeling of human faces will be explored.



NOVEMBER 25 HOLIDAY
DECEMBER 2 EIGENVALUES, EIGENVECTORS, AND GRAPH PARTITIONING

Peter Pacheco, Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of San Francisco, will show how some heuristic algorithms help solve the NP-hard problem of graph partitioning. One of the best heuristic algorithms involves an eigenvalue and an eigenvector of a matrix.



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