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Algorithmic Determination of Flexibility Using Resultants

December 1, 2005

  • Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2005 
  • Time: 11:00-12:15pm. 
  • Place: Woodward 149

Prof. Robert Lewis Department of Mathematics Fordham University

Discovering flexibility of two- and three-dimensional structures has been a mathematical problem since the time of Cauchy. Recently such questions have become prominent in computational chemistry. We will discuss how to detect flexibility by examining the resultant of a system of polynomial equations that defines the object.