[Events] MACSI Seminar (Thurs 17th Dec at 2pm)

Sarah.Mitchell Sarah.Mitchell at staffmail.ul.ie
Mon Dec 14 08:37:50 GMT 2009


Please note different day and time to usual



The department of Mathematics and Statistics invites you to a seminar by
Dr. Ian Hewitt (Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics,
University of Oxford, UK): 



Title:  Continual skipping on water

Abstract:  Skipping stones at the beach is familiar to many - throwing
the stone into the water in such a way that it bounces several times
before eventually sinking.  This is due to the inertia of the water
which provides a sufficient vertical force to overcome the stone's
weight, and has been reasonably well described by simple models.  I will
describe details of experiments designed to replicate this effect, but
with a constant horizontal velocity imposed on the stone (or inclined
plane, as it is the experiment - like a water ski) - in this case it can
continue bouncing indefinitely.  I will discuss why this behaviour
cannot be explained by the simple models, and suggest some alternative
shallow water models which can explain `continual skipping'.


The seminar will take place on Thursday 17th December, at 2pm, in


If you have any questions regarding this seminar, please direct them to
Sarah Mitchell (061 202259, sarah.mitchell at ul.ie
<mailto:sarah.mitchell at ul.ie> ).  A full list of Seminars for this
semester can be found at: 





Supported by Science Foundation Ireland Mathematics Initiative funding,
MACSI - the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry
(www.macsi.ie), centred at the University of Limerick, is dedicated to
the mathematical modelling and solution of problems which arise in
science, engineering and industry in Ireland





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