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The Science of Problem Solving


Whether we’re aware of it or not, complex mathematical systems flow through our lives, but you don’t need to understand differential equations to appreciate the power of math.


Deciphering these mathematic puzzles may open the door to new discoveries in fields as diverse as nanotechnology, oil exploration, and space travel.

While his own research seeks to expand the boundaries of math, Treinen also uses his applied math expertise to aid researchers in other disciplines.

For example, he recently worked with a psychologist to develop mathematical models for analyzing specific patterns in human behavior.

“People in other fields want to use this type of modeling, but they usually don’t have the math to do it themselves. We can build the models and it gives them another tool for their research,” Treinen says.

water droplets
Water droplets clinging to a surface or dangling from a faucet are simple examples of capillarity, one of the areas of fluid mechanics studied by mathematicians. At the very small scale, liquids can appear to defy gravity.

Deciphering these mathematic puzzles may open the door to new discoveries in fields as diverse as nanotechnology, oil exploration, and space travel.

While his own research seeks to expand the boundaries of math, Treinen also uses his applied math expertise to aid researchers in other disciplines.

For example, he recently worked with a psychologist to develop mathematical models for analyzing specific patterns in human behavior.

“People in other fields want to use this type of modeling, but they usually don’t have the math to do it themselves. We can build the models and it gives them another tool for their research,” Treinen says.


The Science of Problem Solving
The Science of Problem Solving
The Science of Problem Solving