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Rough math: Focusing on rogue waves at sea

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Author:Ivars Peterson - Science News Online
Description: Ocean currents and large fields of random eddies can focus a steady ocean swell to create unusually large waves. A current or eddy field acts like an optical lens to focus the wave action, says applied mathematician Bengt Fornberg of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Fornberg and Benjamin S. White of Exxon Research and Engineering Co. in Annandale, N.J., describe their model in a report submitted to the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Fluid Mechanics

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