SAWIP is very happy to alert you to the selection of Imaad Isaacs to the South Africa-Washington International Programme 2014 Team. SAWIP is helping to inspire, develop and support a new generation of South African servant leaders with integrity who will make South Africa a strong, sustainable and prosperous democracy for all.
Africa Month ExhibitionI warmly invite you to participate in this year's Africa Month Exhibition as part of our Celebrating Africa festival in the month of May. The objective of the exhibition is to display and showcase the many relationships that staff and students at UCT have with colleagues across the African continent. The exhibition also offers an opportunity for UCT academics and other interested staff and postgraduate students to network and share any work which has cross-border implications and impacts.
Date: 20-23 May 2014
Venue: Kramer Quad, Kramer Building, Middle Campus
RSVP: Norma Derby, by email to email@example.com or by telephone to 021 650 3491/5488
Welcome to the department
Mathematics underlies the rise of science and technology, and is also a very interesting area of study in its own right. Its pursuit is the rigorous study of patterns: in geometry, in time and space, in nature, in physics, in biology, in industry and commerce,and even in patterns themselves.
Mathematics is essential for a high level career not only in science and engineering, but also in many branches of biology, medicine, commerce, and industry. Our Department trains students to international standards, and carries out international level research in both pure and applied mathematics. We invite you to join in this quest for understanding, whether it be in computational mechanics, industrial mathematics, gravitation theory and cosmology, biological modelling, financial modelling, or a study of mathematics as a subject itself.
The size and shape of the department
Our department features over 35 permanent, full time, members of academic staff
A high number of our academic staff members hold a rating of the National Research Foundation (NRF) and several of them are internationally recognised as leading experts in their respective fields.
Each year we teach over 5000 students from a wide variety of departments and faculties and about 50 postgraduate students are trained in our department.
Our outreach programs to thousands of high school students in the Western Cape (the UCT Mathematics Competition, the UCT Mathematical Circle, Olympiad training programmes and the quarterly magazine Mathematical Digest) provide opportunities for promising young mathematicians to discover their mathematical potential, and encourage them to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
"High Order Finite Difference Approximations of Multi-physics Problems"
by Professor Jan Nordeström of Linköping University, Sweden
Great progress has been made for high order finite difference methods during the last 20 years. It is now rather straightforward to construct stable and high order accurate multi-block finite difference schemes in a building-block-like manner. In this talk we will discus new developments, new extensions, new fields of applications, share experience on the full scale use of the technique, and speculate about future trends. We present the theory by using simple model problems, and exemplify with complex multi-physics applications.
First we walk through the basic technique for a simple model problem where all the ingredients such as well-posedness, summation-by-parts operators, penalty techniques for boundary and interface conditions, and the energy method are explained. Next, we discuss the application of the theory to coupling techniques for conjugate heat transfer, earthquake simulations, fluid- solid interaction and simulation of potential propagation in neuronal branches. Finally we discuss new time-integration procedures, new boundary conditions for the Navier-Stokes equations and a new variance reduction technique for stochastic partial differential equations.