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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