Albion College Mathematics and Computer Science Colloquium



Title: What exactly is half a derivative anyway?
Speaker:William R. Green, '05
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Terre Haute, Indiana
Abstract: The theory of differentiation is well-known to any student who has taken calculus. However, to make sense of a non-integer order derivative takes considerably more work. Tools are needed from complex analysis, harmonic analysis and linear algebra to understand a half derivative. In this talk, we will begin by investigating what it means to take the square root of a matrix, and viewing a derivative as a "really large matrix" we can begin to make sense of a half derivative. With these simple tools, we can make sense of even crazier objects such as derivatives of imaginary order!
Location: Palenske 223
Date:3/3/2014
Time: 1:00 PM



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title   = "{What exactly is half a derivative anyway?}",
address = "{Albion College Mathematics and Computer Science Colloquium}",
month   = "{3 March}",
year    = "{2014}"
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