Centennial Scholars Lecture
Oct 21, 2011FOR MORE INFORMATION:
SANDRA PAULSON, administrative assistant, Academic Affairs
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CONCORDIA WILL PRESENT CENTENNIAL SCHOLARS LECTURE
Dr. Oksana Bihun, Concordia College assistant professor, mathematics and computer science, will present the first Centennial Scholars Lecture of the academic year at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Morrie Jones Conference Suites A/B. The lecture “Polynomial Approximation in Applied Mathematics” is free and open to the public.
Bihun and co-inquirer Kristin Heysse ’11, St. Cloud, Minn., worked with Michael Dyrud ’14 and Austin Bren ’12, with support from a National Science Foundation STEP grant.
Many phenomena studied in physics, biology, chemistry, psychology and other disciplines are modeled by differential equations. While some differential equations can be solved analytically (that is, with pencil and paper), most differential equations encountered in science must be approached using numerical methods (that is, using a computer). The lecture will discuss the use of polynomial approximation as a fundamental tool used for numerical solution of many problems in applied mathematics.