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Mathematics of Lightning


Here’s a fun challenge suggested by Matt Henderson:  can you find a mathematical model for the path of a bolt of lightning?

You can check out this video of a lightning strike to get the ideas flowing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XwFF5idD_0

The tree structure suggests graph theory, the bifurcations suggest dynamical systems, and the inherent physics suggest that some complicated differential equations might be involved.

Click here to see more in Challenge.

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