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Insects and Spirals

Kaylee Church*, Western Oregon University
Talk Abstract: 
The logarithmic spiral, also known as the growth spiral, is an interesting form in mathematics that happens to be very applicable to the natural world. We explore the structure of this curve, and how this spiral can be used to model the flight pattern of a moth. Specifically, we investigate assumptions used to construct a model for insect flight. Analysis of these underlying assumptions gives insight into possible improvements to the model and limitations of specific models.
Talk Subject: 
Mathematics Applications in the Sciences
Talk Type: 
Oral Presentation
Time Slot: 
Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 10:35
Room Number: 
STAG 162