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Mathematica Special Interest Group (Washington DC Area)

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  • Subject: [mg111149] Mathematica Special Interest Group (Washington DC Area)
  • From: "Bruce Colletti" <bwcolletti at>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 05:41:13 -0400 (EDT)

Mathematica SIG


23 July  2010, 7:30 am

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
8301 Greensboro Drive
McLean VA

Southern Corner of Westpark Drive and Greensboro Drive


1.  Prepared Talks

"Counter Missile Design" by Mel Friedman

ABSTRACT.   A blue missile has fuel for T time units.  It's fired when a red
missile is closest and when T > tau (time to intercept).  The blue missile
always points toward the red (which travels in a straight line at constant
altitude--assume a flat earth).  I present an algorithm to determine when to
fire the blue missile.  

"Dynamic Presentation of Geographic Data" by Dan Martinez 

ABSTRACT.   Dan's Mathematica notebooks for this talk dynamically
superimpose graphic objects onto topographic maps, which are shown as
background images. Moving a slider enables users to display date-sensitive
(using Boole and Pick) interactive graphic objects (using Tooltip and
PopupWindow) in a LocatorPane. The application's data base structure and
supporting functions are designed to facilitate many categories of
spatial-temporal data. Three examples will be presented: Selected General
Actions in the Napoleonic Wars, birthplaces and life-durations of US
Presidents, and a hypothetical outbreak of communicable disease in the
Continental US.

2.  Mathematica Gems and Discoveries

Sharing of Mathematica programming oddities
Applications of Mathematica to some areas of science
Something recently read and worth sharing

3.  Mathematica Questions, Possible Approaches and Discussion

4.  New Business

Discuss time limits for presentations
Discuss new way to publish agenda
Select next meeting presentation, time and place 


Directions to 8301 Greensboro Drive, McLean VA (tall, boxy and white SAIC
Enterprise Building at south corner of Westpark Drive and Greensboro Drive):

>From the Beltway, go northwest on Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) and proceed past
Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road). Turn right onto Westpark Drive (Gosnell Road
in the other direction). Turn right at the next light onto Greensboro Drive
and then right into the parking lot. Visitor's Parking is adjacent to
Westpark Drive. 

A SIG representative will meet you in the lobby. 

Please arrive no later than 6:50AM if you wish to join us for a dutch-treat
breakfast, and no later than 7:20AM to attend the meeting only. The desk
officer will ask for a driver's license before issuing a visitor's badge.

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