Colloquium: “Time Scales: A Snappy Link between Continuous Processes and Discrete Processes”

Marshall University Math Colloquium
Friday, December 5, 2003

Dr. Bonita Lawrence
Marshall University

Abstract
Since the time of Sir Isaac Newton, continuous time processes, or differential equations, have been studied and there are loads of lovely results for this class of dynamic equations. More recently, we have the development of discrete time processes, or difference equations. There are also many lovely results for this younger class of dynamic equations. In my talk I will discuss an interesting way that the two types of dynamic equations can be studied together, creating a nice generalization that offers us a new perspective on “differential equations.”