Posts tagged with Harry Potter

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Tebow time tweeting

If you didn’t see it live, you’ve seen it — again and again…yes, and again! The Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers were locked in a tie in their Wildcard game. Only 11 seconds of overtime were needed for Tim Tebow to throw the longest overtime touchdown pass in what then became the shortest overtime playoff […]

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

A Color Change Charm for Ron Weasley

Ron Weasley’s twin brothers Fred and George convinced him that the following poem was a Color Change Charm: “Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, turn this stupid, fat rat yellow.” The incantation of the poem was supposed to turn Ron’s rat Scabbers yellow. All Ron got was teasing and snickering from his brothers! If linear algebra were […]

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

A muggle's math magic

Tomorrow, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 opens around the country. It is also the day I return to Charlotte from the Yale National Initiative‚Äôs Intensive Session. In honor of a successful week at Yale and what will undoubtedly be a successful opening day for a movie, this blog entry is inspired […]

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Flipping over Harry Potter

Scientists, engineers and mathematicians often model events in the world with linear systems. Given the bumps, curves and sudden unexpected happenings of life, it can surprise me that such models produce meaningful results. Granted, small time steps may be required as such linearity may sufficiently hold only within a small local neighborhood, but still, life, […]

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

A bedazzling hexing combination

Let’s continue to explore the use of linear algebra by placing a bedazzling hex on Harry Potter which will make his appearance look the exact same as the image behind him. Harry could, of course, stand behind his invisibility cloak but we’ll assume he’s misplaced it as the word hex conveniently rhymes with convex, which […]

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Transitions down Diagon Alley

In this entry, the power of matrix operations will transform a youthful Harry Potter to the mature young man seen in the film released just days ago. To begin, we need Harry to enter the matrix, by storing color information of an image in an n by m matrix where the image is comprised n […]