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college mathematics, applied math, advanced calculus, complex analysis, linear and abstract algebra, probability theory, signal processing, undergraduate physics, physical oceanography

Experience in the area

26 years as a professional scientist conducting academic quality research on mostly classified projects involving math/physics modeling and simulation, data analysis and signal processing, instrument development; often ocean related

Publications

J. Physical Oceanography, 1984 "A Numerical Model for Low-Frequency Equatorial Dynamics", with M. Cane

Education/Credentials

M.S. MIT Physical Oceanography, B.S. UC Berkeley Applied Math

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Also an Expert in Oceanography

What do you like about this subject?

Mathematics enables us to apply abstract principals to provide solutions to everyday problems as well as extend our understanding of the Universe. Being able to provide a mathematical solution that bridges the gap between intuition and a solid appication is very fulfilling.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to acquire more thorough understanding of the many aspects of math and their relation to real world problems. I enjoy helping people understand the often deep results of mathematics and how they can reveal underlying relationships.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Integrating functions of real numbers (basically summing the values of a process to reveal its behaviour), uses several techniques taught in calculus. For complex numbers, combining real and imaginary numbers (square root of -1), the approach relies on powerful, elegant theorems to transform the function and its domain to obtain the value of the integral in a completely different way.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Humor: The famous mathematician Erdos once quipped that a mathematician is a machine that turns coffe into theorems.

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Recent Answers from randy patton

2017-03-15 Math question:

Let me make sure that I've got this straight. It seems crucial to assume that the 20 numbers Johnny has to choose from are consecutive, say 1,2,3,...,19, 20. Johnny wants to choose 5 numbers from this

2017-02-26 Fluid Mechanics:

OK, thanks. This problem was a little confusing to me because a) the term ω・∆U didn't seem to be the complete expression for vortex stretching and b) including the diagonal terms of the

2017-02-21 Fluid Mechanics:

Nick, please send me any work you have done on this problem so that I can guide you better.    Randy

2017-02-21 Fluid Mechanics:

This can be shown by starting with one of the simplest forms of the equations of motion where we just have the velocity and pressure relation    ρDU/Dt = -∆p    where ρ is density, U is

2017-02-15 Fluid Mechanics:

I can see that you recognize that velocity and position are related by a derivative of time, namely, u(t) = dx(t)/dt, and that the solution as a function of time requires must require an integration in

 

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