[PAST EVENT] Mathematics Colloquium

October 19, 2012
2pm - 3pm
Jones Hall, Room 301
200 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Without benet of the machinery of modern uid mechanics or the methods of coordinate geometry, the great Greek/Sicilian mathematician Archimedes worked out the basic principles of boat stability. The case of a paraboloid of revolution is a famous result (250 BC). We examine much simpler boats using high school geometry, trigonometry and algebra to obtain some counter-intuitive results.