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|Title:||Calculating Geodesics on Surfaces|
|Keywords:||Calculating Geodesics;Surfaces;two dimensional;Euler's method|
|Abstract:||<P> In this thesis, we mainly study geodesics on various two dimensional surfaces. All the background material needed throughout the thesis is provided, including an explanation of the theory of geodesics. We will calculate geodesics using two numerical methods: Euler's method and Runge-Kutta method of fourth order. Using Maple, we will test the accuracy of the numerical methods on a test case surface, the Poincare half plane. Later, we proceed to investigate several interesting surfaces by numerically calculating geodesics. From the investigated surfaces, we will draw similarities between the human cerebral cortex and certain surfaces. The human cerebral cortex is the most intensely studied part of the brain and it is believe that their exists a relation between the function and structure of the cortex. Geodesic analysis can possibly be an essential tool in better understanding the cortical surface as it is in many disciplines of science to understand the nature of physical based problems. </P>|
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