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Arts & Science Program

Dr. Megumi Harada

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Hamilton Hall – 325
905-525-9140 ext. 23432
Office Hours:
Thursdays 11:30am-12:20pm
Fridays 1:30pm-2:30pm

Dr. Megumi Harada, who teaches ARTSSCI 1D06 / Calculus, holds degrees from Harvard and University of California at Berkeley. Her current research interest is to explore the relationships of equivariant symplectic and algebraic geometry with other areas of mathematics, such as geometric representation theory, Schubert calculus, combinatorics, and equivariant topology.

Calculus connects algebra and arithmetic to develop a theory of how things change. It provides a framework for modelling systems which exhibit change, and a way to predict what will happen in such systems in the future. For example, when you think about speed or velocity (e.g. how fast you are biking), you may want to predict how long it will take until you get to your destination. As another example, suppose you have some information about how quickly oil is leaking into the ocean out of a broken pipe. You may want to know how much oil will wind up in the ocean if the leak is not fixed.  Calculus provides a way for us to answer these questions and much more. The world around us is full of change. With calculus, we can find the effects of changing conditions on the systems that we need to understand. In fact, the invention of calculus — and its applications to physics and engineering  — is arguably one of the most, or even the most, significant scientific advancement in modern science since the time of the Greeks. We could argue that calculus was responsible for the Industrial Revolution and everything that has followed. Dr. Harada consistently focuses on these fundamental concepts to motivate the learning in ARTSSCI 1D06.