Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 1:00pm to 1:45pm
Bronfman Science Center, 106 18 Hoxsey St, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA
Thomas Vieth '13
Mathematics and Statistics Department Colloquium
Abstract: In my colloquium I plan on building up the machinery necessary to model how traffic behaves when faced with a temporary shock such as an accident or a red light. First, I plan on deriving the velocity-density relationship that is at the heart of the model. Next, I will move into a discussion of the method of characteristics. FInally, I will begin to walk through the construction of the model, starting with a few basic examples and progressing to a more complete model of the system.
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