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How Traffic Jams: A Continuous Approximation of Highway Traffic Flow by Tim Saffold '22
How Traffic Jams: A Continuous Approximation of Highway Traffic Flow by Tim Saffold ’22, Mathematics Colloquium, Wednesday, December 8, 1 – 1:45 pm, North Science Building 113, Wachenheim
Abstract: Using observed traffic behavior and theoretical intuition, this talk will build a mathematical model of traffic using methods familiar to mathematical fluid dynamics such as partial differential equations. From there, we will explain familiar phenomena such as traffic shock waves and “phantom” traffic jams and illuminate the decisions that civil engineers make to manage heavy traffic and improve efficiency.