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"Guy Jacobsohn Memorial Mathematics Colloquium"

When the character Yoda first appeared on the silver screen, his movements were due to the efforts of famed muppeteer Frank Oz. In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Yoda returned to the movies but this time the character was not a puppet but a digital image within a computer. This talk will discuss the role, or more aptly the force, of mathematics behind a few aspects of movie special effects. Armed with differential equations, animators can create a believable flow to Yoda’s robe or a convincing digital stunt person. The talk will be given by Dr. Tim Chartier of Davidson College. Dr. Chartier has trained as a mime with Marcel Marceau and is the MAA Southeast Section Lecturer. Refreshments will be served 3:30 – 4:00 in Olin 204.

When: October 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: Olin 101