Communicating Applied Mathematics: Four Examples

Daniel E. Finkel, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Christopher Kuster, Carroll College - Waukesha
Matthew Lasater, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Rachel Levy, Harvey Mudd College
Jill P. Reese
Ilse C.F. Ipsen, North Carolina State University at Raleigh

First published in SIAM Review, vol. 48, no. 2 (2006), by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.


Communicating Applied Mathematics is a writing- and speaking-intensive graduate course at North Carolina State University. The purpose of this article is to provide a brief description of the course objectives and the assignments. Parts A–D of of this article represent the class projects and illustrate the outcome of the course:

The Evolution of an Optimization Test Problem: From Motivation to Implementation, by Daniel E. Finkel and Jill P. Reese

Finding the Volume of a Powder from a Single Surface Height Measurement, by Christopher Kuster

Finding Oscillations in Resonant Tunneling Diodes, by Matthew Lasater

A Shocking Discovery: Nonclassical Waves in Thin Liquid Films, by Rachel Levy