While physics makes heavy use of mathematics compared to other disciplines, most of what a physicist does is closer to advanced arithmetic than pure mathematics. We frequently abuse mathematical concepts and teach our students to do the same in the interest of developing their physical intuition. Ironically, the most useful parts of mathematics are often the ones that students perceive to be the most abstract and least applied. In this talk we will discuss the main ways that math is used in the physics curriculum, with a frank admission of the liberties we routinely take with mathematical concepts.

Wednesday, Mar. 4 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Bridges 268
By Dr. Matthew Craig, MSUM