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Circles in Circles: Creating a Mathematical Model of Surface Water Waves

by Katherine Socha

Year of Award: 2008

Award: Lester R. Ford

Publication Information: The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 114, (2007), pp. 202-216

Summary: This paper presents a classical development of a mathematical model for surface wave motion. It also discusses a boundary value problem and the dispersion relation.

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About the Author: (from The American Mathematical Monthly, (2007)) Katherine Socha received her B.A. from Reed College, her M.S. from Portland State University, her interest in oceanography from studies at Oregon State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. After spending two years at the Lyman Briggs School of Science at Michigan State University, she is currently an assistant professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a public liberal arts college located in southern Maryland between the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Alas, she is not fond of seafood.


Subject classification(s): Differential & Difference Equations
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 22, 2008