Imagine a box in which fluid is heated from below. The resulting buoyancy-driven motions in the fluid create distinctive patterns. The flow organizes into circular cells carrying heat to the top, a phenomenon known as Rayleighâ€“BĂ©nard convection.
Junior computational and applied mathematics major Sanket Mehta always liked math. â€śI was fascinated by it, the logic, the intuition, the pattern seeking,â€ť he said.
Vincent Gonzales came into Rice as a physics/math economics double major. But before his sophomore year, the current junior had scrapped physics for computational and applied mathematics.
When the police arrest people in Houston, where should they put them?
Junior Computational and Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Economic Analysis (MTEC) major Noah Reich came to Rice intending to major solely within the social sciences. In high school, he was interested in politics and thought he wanted to be a diplomat.