Variational problems involving area.

Series: 
Research Horizons Seminar
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location: 
Skiles 171
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School of Mathematics, Georgia Tech
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I will describe several geometrical problems that arise from the minimization of some sort of integral functional and the basic relation between such minimization and partial differential equations. Then I will make some further comments on my favorite kind of such problems, namely those that have something to do with minimizing area of surfaces under various side conditions.