Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

2016

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Matthew Nabity

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

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 models for insect flight. Analysis of these underlying assumptions gives insight into possible improvements to and limitations of specific models.

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