Linkages and Their Behaviour

School of Mathematics Colloquium
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:00am
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
University of Warwick
The study of mechanical linkages is a very classical one, dating back to the Industrial Revolution.   In this talk we will discuss the geometry of the configuration spaces in some simple idealized examples and, in particular, their curvature and geometry.  This leads to an interesting quantitative description of their dynamical behaviour.