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Fall 2017


On November 9 we will have a special guest: Dr. Edray Goins, Professor at Purdue University and Director of National Association of Mathematicians. Dr. Goins will give a talk titled “Yes, Even You Can Bend It Like Beckham” in PKH 311 at 7 pm. The abstract is below.

In the 2002 film by Gurinder Chadha, character Jesminder ‘Jess’ Bhamra states “No one can cross a ball or bend it like Beckham” in a reference to the international soccer star’s ability to cause the ball to swerve. In 2010, French researchers Guillaume Dupeux, Anne Le Goff, David Quere and Christophe Clanet published a paper in the New Journal of Physics detailing both experimental and mathematical analyses of a spinning ball in a fluid to show that it must follow a spiral.

In this talk, we give an overview of their discussion by reviewing the Navier-Stokes equation in a Serret-Frenet coordinate system. This talk is dedicated to the memory of Angela Grant and her love of mathematics in sports.”


In Fall 2017, our math circle  will meet on Thursday at 7 pm in PKH 311. The tentative schedule of the meetings is as follows: 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30.

As usual, our math circle is intended for high-school and advanced middle-school students. Teachers and college students are welcome to the meetings as well. The webpage of our math circle is Many thanks to Mr. Anupam Vach for helping us with the web site.

If you plan to come to our math circle and do not know where to park, a good option is to park at the Garage right next to PKH. Please, keep the parking receipts, as you may be reimbursed later. Maps of the campus can be downloaded at


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