Title

Spiraling Insects

Date

5-26-2016 11:30 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 11:45 AM

Location

MNB 104

Department

Mathematics

Session Chair

Matthew Nabity

Session Title

Mathematics Senior Project Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Mathew Nabity

Abstract

The logarithmic spiral, also known as the growth spiral, is an interesting form in mathematics that happens to be very applicable to the natural world. We explore the structure of this curve, and how this spiral can be used to model the flight pattern of a moth. Specifically, we investigate assumptions used to construct a model for insect flight. Analysis of these underlying assumptions gives insight into possible improvements to the model and limitations of specific models.

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May 26th, 11:30 AM May 26th, 11:45 AM

Spiraling Insects

MNB 104

The logarithmic spiral, also known as the growth spiral, is an interesting form in mathematics that happens to be very applicable to the natural world. We explore the structure of this curve, and how this spiral can be used to model the flight pattern of a moth. Specifically, we investigate assumptions used to construct a model for insect flight. Analysis of these underlying assumptions gives insight into possible improvements to the model and limitations of specific models.