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Frontiers in Science

Frontiers in Science is a scientist speaker series exploring the new discoveries at the interface of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics and engineering. These seminars introduce audiences from all disciplines and academic levels to the intrigue and fun of scholarly pursuits in the natural and physical science disciplines.

The one-hour seminars are free and open to the public.  Located in SCI 2, Room 242, from 12-1PM.

  • February 15: Using Active Engagement ot Facilitate Learning & Using the Quarternions to Implement Rotations.  Corrine Manogue and Tevian Drey, Oregon State University.

Two talks in one!  You will be the students, as we present some simple and fun mathematics, namely how to use the quaternions to describe rotations in three dimensions.  This content will probably be new to everyone, but has broad applications to computer graphics, robotics, and aeronautics.  Along the way, we will model a variety of active engagement strategies that can be used in any STEM classroom, point out the strategies we are using, and briefly discuss how to implement them effectively in the classroom.

  • March 1A Tribute to Euler.  Dr. William Dunham, Research Associate in Mathematics, Bryn Mawr College. 

Without question, Leonhard Euler (1707-1783) ranks among the greatest mathematicians of all time. The remarkable quality of his achievement is matched only by the equally remarkable quantity of his achievement – indeed, Euler’s collected works contain over 25,000 pages of pure and applied mathematics. In this talk, we sketch his life and mention a handful of his contributions to the mathematical sciences – from number theory to analysis to geometry. Then we examine in detail his derivation, using integral calculus, of what is now known as “Euler’s identity” – i.e., 𝑒^ix = cos 𝑥 + 𝑖 sin 𝑥. This ingenious argument should make clear why Euler is regarded as such a towering figure from the history of mathematics.

NOTE: This talk should be accessible to anyone who has completed the calculus sequence.

  • April 5:  To be announced.
  • April 26:  To be announced.

FIS is supported by CSUSM Department of Physics, Associated Students, Inc. and the Office of Graduate Studies & Research.

Contact Frontiers in Science

Edward Price, Ph.D.
Professor of Applied Physics
(760) 750-8040