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Griffiths, Martin
A serendipitious encounter with a Bessel function.
Math. Spectr. 48, No. 2, 5053 (2016).
2016
Applied Probability Trust (APT) c/o University of Sheffield, School of Mathematics and Statistics (SoMaS), Sheffield
EN
I25
I75
K65
Bessel functions
continuous probability distribution
Summary: We describe an encounter with a mathematical object known as a Bessel function. Such functions often arise in advanced problems associated with, for example, heat conduction in cylindrical objects, modes of vibration of thin circular drums, and dynamics of floating bodies. The interesting point here though is that our meeting came about as a result of a student's question in a school mathematics classroom.