Introduction to Mathematical Modeling 
Math 323
4 credits.

Professor:  Dr. Tovar Contact Information

Quick Overview:

  • No Course Text.  Schaum's Outline Mathematical Handbook is recommended.
  • Course Begins with Optimization
  • Course Covers Modeling, Optimization, Modeling Contest
Official Syllabus

All web information relating to this course is subject to change.

Important Links:

Note: Exams are Closed Book, 1 page of Notes
 
Week

Class Activities
Assignments Due
1
Monday:  Go over Syllabus

Tuesday:  Preliminaries:
Operations on Functions
Graphs of Common Functions
Polynomial Approximation of functions (Taylor Series)
Binomial Expansion (1+x)^n ~1+nx


 Thursday: Preliminaries Example: f(x) = x/(1+x)

Modeling Example - Running:
(bring 2m and 1m sticks to class)
Usaine Bolt Record Race (2009): video
On Usaine Bolt (2012): video
Bolt on how he does it (2012): video
Runner Graph
Runner Function and Example


 Friday: Maple Solution
Improve calculation with more data
Could cubic spline the data (link2)
Dimensional Analysis and Runner Types

Modeling Example - Bacheloring it up:

Time to Make Sandwiches! (or is it?)

2
Monday:  Modeling of Algebraic functions:
pulse1 graph


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Friday: "

3
Monday:  Finish Modeling of Algebraic Functions


Tuesday: Latex Day
Mini-Proj #1a Due

 Thursday:


Friday: Engr. Econ.
Mini-Proj #1b Due:
Put MiniProj #1a into Latex:
mini_proj1_template.tex
bolt09.eps
mini_proj1_template.pdf
4
Monday:  Engr. Econ.


Tuesday: Engr. Econ. Lab Day
Amortization Notes Page


Thursday: Engr. Econ. - Amortization


Friday: Forbes - Best Places to Retire
Rational Decision Making

5
Monday:  Movie: Search for Life: The Drake Equation

Tuesday: 
Homework #1 Due

Thursday: Exam 1:
Closed Book, 1 page of notes
Homework #2 Due

Friday: Classify Diff. Eqs.

6
Monday:  Go over Exam 1


Tuesday:


 Thursday: Population Modeling


Friday: No Class - Tovar at Conference

7
Monday:  Population Modeling


Tuesday:  Population Modeling/Euler


 Thursday: Trouble with Electoral college/
2016 Election Results (Winner Take all)
Euler/C Programming


Friday: while loops/for loops


8
Monday:  CS Lab


Tuesday:  CS Lab Homework #3 Due


Thursday: Writing (Comap vs. science publication)
Revisioning Population Modeling



Friday: Comap Overview

9
Monday:  AMA, Exam Prep
Mini-Proj #1c Due:
miniproj1c_template.pdf

Tuesday:  Exam 2:
Closed Book, 1 page of notes


Thursday: Thanksgiving Break


Friday: Thanksgiving Break
10
Monday:  PDEs


Tuesday:  Review


Thursday: Review


Friday:  Review



Final Exam:
Closed Book, 1 page of notes
Project


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Activity: How do you get to Tovar's House?
Classifying DEs
Derive Euler Relation
ODE Recipe Guide
Maple
maple_de.mws
Mathematical Decision-Making
Mathematical Decision-Making Mathematical Decision-Making
(youtube)



gedit, compiling

Exam 1:
Closed Book, 1 page of notes
Euler Method - c++
Runge-Kutta - c++