How to Draw a Straight Line by Samuel Kurland '14

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Bronfman Science Center, 106 18 Hoxsey St, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

How to Draw a Straight Line by Samuel Kurland '14

How to Draw a Straight Line:  Planar Linkages and Their Applications by Samuel Kurland

Mathematics and Statistics Department Colloquium

Abstract:  A planar linkage is a set of rods connected by fixed points about which they are free to turn. This can be as simple as a single rod and single point, whose range of motion is a circle, or as complex as a human arm, with extensive range of motion in 3 dimensions. My talk will focus on the problem which originally inspired and drove the study of planar linkages: can a system of rigid rods with circular range of motion be used to draw a straight line?

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