2017 Festival: Dr. Richard Tapia, Rice University

Dr. Richard Tapia, Rice University

richardtapia-395pxThe Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes Dr. Richard Tapia back for the 2017 National Math Festival!

A recipient of the National Medal of Science, Dr. Richard Tapia is a mathematician in Rice University’s Computational and Applied Mathematics Department. In 1992, Tapia was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the first Hispanic to receive this honor. Two professional conferences have been named in his honor: the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference and the Blackwell-Tapia Mathematics Conference. Tapia served on the National Science Board from 1996 to 2002.

Math at Top Speed

What’s the math behind drag car racing? Starting with a bit of history, we’ll then turn to identifying elementary mathematical frameworks to study popular drag racing beliefs. Tapia will explain why dragster acceleration is greater than the acceleration due to gravity, an age-old inconsistency.