Hello there!

I'm Steve Trettel, a mathematician who is also interested in computers, physics, and language.

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I'm currently an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco. This is both my personal and academic website, so you’ll find math I like explaining, updates on my computer graphics hobby, physics I'm learning, and some favorite meals, among other things.

Note: This website is a new redesign (as of summer 2022) for me, and my first attempt at learning hugo for site building: it’s definitely still under construction so apologies in advance for broken links or non-existent pages!

Illustration

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Code

Surface Plotter
Morse Function
Contour Slicing
Parameterized Line
Cross Product
Vector Components
Schrodinger Snowflake
Wave Eqn Snowflake
Wave String
Orbital Density

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Posts

Coming Soon!

Notes

Hyperbolic Springs:
Deriving the ODE for a spring which is pushed in hyperbolic geometry (it oscillates!)

Convolution and Differentiation of Distributions:
If F is a distribution and g is a function, why is (DF)*g equal to F*Dg?

Topologizing The Space Of Distributions:
Why do we need to require convergence of the derivatives when defining a topology on the set of distributions?

Deep Time:
Some thoughts on the importance of appreciating the immensity of earth's history.

Life in Hyperbolic Space:
The dangers of life in a negatively curved space

Cassini:
Saying goodbye to my favorite space craft, on the eve of its entry into Saturn's atmosphere.

Cubics and Braids:
The bridge between the 3-strand braid group and the trefoil knot complement

Hopf:
An old note, from my early graduate school days, explaining the hopf fibration.

Lattices:
Lattices in the Plane and the Trefoil Knot

Convolution:
A note I wrote to myself in undergraduate, when trying to understand the definition of convolution.

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Talks

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Papers

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Recipes

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