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The Geometry of Surfaces of Revolution

by

Andrew D. Hwang
College of the Holy Cross

November 13, 2002
4:15 pm
Bailey Hall 201


Abstract:

A classical surface of revolution is an object having an axis of rotational symmetry, such as a sphere, cone, or a piece of furniture turned on a lathe. As Every Calculus Student Knows [tm], a surface of revolution is obtained by revolving the graph of a function about an axis. In this talk, we'll investigate "abstract" surfaces of revolution from the point of view of 2-dimensional beings who live inside such a "universe", with particular attention to the following questions:

The only prerequisites are geometric imagination and a bit of calculus.


For additional information, send e-mail to math@union.edu or call (518) 388-6246.
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