On the Motion of Fluids - Is it Art? Or is it Science?

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Open Access Film

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Theatre & Dance

Second Department



The motion of fluids can be both beautiful and unexpected as made clear by high-speed digital imaging. Through mathematical modeling, made accessible to the layman, Professor Smolka will explain the rich phenomena displayed by fluids in her research including drop pinch-off from a faucet, liquid coating of thin fibers and cylinders, and spheres plunging into water. We'll view high-speed movies from her experiments. Collaborator Professor Knox from the Bucknell Department of Theatre and Dance will illustrate the analogies that exist between fluid motion, dance and human interactions. At the conclusion of this talk, the audience will have a greater understanding of connections that exist in our world and of the usefulness of mathematics to elucidate these connections.

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