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James McMillan
April 21, 2008
Math 105A
Navier Stokes Equation, the Million dollar Question.
Have you ever been in an airplane while it hit turbulence and you are force to be shaken
around uncontrollably, what about drifting in a boat over a seemingly calm lake or sea? Also,
what would you say if these annoyances could be predicted and therefore avoided altogether?
Mathematicians and physicists believe that understanding the solutions to the NavierStokes
equations, that we can predict the air turbulence and any other motion of liquids or gases, such as
air and water. Although some parts of the problems have been assumed and even used in
engineering fields such as airfoil construction, the scientific world does not yet know if these
equations are true in all three dimensions. Proving it in a third dimension could help solve many
different problems in just about every field of expertise from the Health fields to plumbing.
The Navier Stokes equations came about as a way for people to predict the velocity of
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