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cka at mathsci.math.admu.edu.ph cka at mathsci.math.admu.edu.ph
Tue Feb 3 11:25:51 PHT 2004


Ateneo de Manila University
MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

You are invited to attend
a presentation by

CHAMBERLAIN FONG
(Ateneo Physics-CE student SY 1991-1992)
Hollywood Special Effects Engineer
on
MATHEMATICAL SPECIAL EFFECTS 
IN HOLLYWOOD
or, 
What does calculus have to do with Peter Pan, 
Captain Hook, and the croc?

February 9, 2004 (Monday)
Tentative* Venue
SEC B, Lecture Hall 2
(*The Math Dept is trying to get a larger hall.)

                      4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
                      PART I: Mathematical Special Effects in Hollywood

What does calculus have to do with Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and the Croc?  Why 
are complex numbers important in a certain Nike commercial?  What equations 
were used in the making of the movie “Titanic”?  Find out how Hollywood is 
using mathematics to make dazzling special effects for the big screen.  

Recommended mathematical background for the audience:  High school algebra and 
geometry.

10-minute break (5:30 – 5:40)

                      5:40 – 6:40 p.m.
PART II: Partial Differential Equations for Movie Special Effects

This talk will discuss the mathematical details of the first talk.  See how 
PDE’s like Poisson’s equation and the Hamilton-Jacobi equation over implicit 
surfaces relate to the upcoming movie “Peter Pan”.  Rediscover the div, grad, 
and Laplacian operators of Vector Calculus from a different perspective.

Recommended mathematical background for the audience: Calculus on the Math 101 
track 





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