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Julian Chaidez, USC

Title: The Geometry of Billiards

Abstract: Mathematical billiards is the study of the motion of a ball bouncing in a billiard table, or a laser beam travelling in a room of mirrors. If the table (or room) is a simple rectangle, this problem is boring, but when the table is a different shape (e.g. an imperfect circle or a polygon) then suddenly, the problem becomes much richer. Indeed, there are basic questions that have been open for over 100 years!

Refreshments served in KAP 410, 3:00pm-3:30pm

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