Location and Directions
Garching Forschungszentrum (Research Campus)
85748 Garching bei München
Business Campus München:Garching
Locations of the Department of Mathematics
Garching Research Campus
Motorway A9, München-Nürnberg, Exit "Garching Nord"
With public transport:
Tube line U6 to the final station "Garching-Forschungszentrum"
For orientation on the Campus site and in the building of the Department of Mathematics, please consult these maps:
Business Campus, Garching
Motorway A9, München-Nürnberg, Exit "Garching Süd"
With public transport:
Tube line U6 to the station "Garching-Hochbrück"
In Garching-Hochbrück three chairs and research groups of the Department of Mathematics are located: Probability Theory, Finance Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. On the business campus students meet in Quantum.
Parabola slide in the Maths & Informatics building
The parabola slide is an architectural highlight on the Garching campus. Both slides sweep down from a height of 13 meters, ending in the pedestrian level of the atrium, which forms the heart of the building housing the Departments of Mathematics and Informatics.
This public artwork is the result of a competition, won by the artist team Brunner / Ritz from Munich. The parabola slide was officially opened on December 10th 2002.
Some of the first and most prominent guests to take a speedy trip from the top floor include the former Prime Minister of Bavaria, Edmund Stoiber and TUM-President Wolfgang A. Hermann. Since then, thousands of students, staff and visitors have enjoyed a breathtaking slide!
The tubes of the parabola slide are built based on the formula
z = y = h x²/d²
In this formular, h is the height from the ground floor to the entrance of the slides on the thrid floor and 2d the distance between the two entrances. The x-y-level is teh pedestrian level, whereby the x-axis points along the atrium. The z-axis points vertically upwards, and the source lies in the vertex of the parabola.
In order for the slide from the 3rd floor to meet all the requirements of German building and safety regulations, the Salzgitter AG manufactured 12mm thick, curved steel pipes of 1 metre in diameter, which pass one another at the vertex. The installation, sanding down and coating of the raw metal tubes required a great amount of intelligent engineering work!
Here you can see a video on the installation of the parabola slide from Raimund Ritz.
Campus Garching Research Centre
The Technical University of Munich has four locations in Germany. Die Department of Mathematics is located on the natural science and technical campus in Garching, which with more than 12.000 students is the largest location of the TUM.