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Math of Golf Analyzed in Lecture

May 13, 2011

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Mathematics sponsored “Mathematics That Swings: The Math Behind Golf,” the first of their annual Distinguished Lecture Series, May 11.

Ron Perline, associate professor in the mathematics department, was in charge of setting up the Distinguished Lecture Series this year.

“It’s a little bit different this year than it was last year. In the past what we’ve had is some fairly prominent and respected mathematician come and give a technical lecture which is supposed to be understandable for a fair amount of faculty,” Perline said.

This year the series was comprised of two lectures: “Mathematics That Swings: The Math Behind Golf” for general math students, and “Finite Element Exterior Calculus: Where Numerical PDE Meets Topology” for graduate students and professors.

“We thought it would be important to have them also communicate something to a more general technical audience. By that I mean we had people here who were freshmen calculus students and I think that they could follow a fair amount of it,” Perline said.

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