TuTh, 11:45am - 1:00pm; Room: SAS Hall 2229.
Instructor: Michael Shearer Office: SAS 3228 Phone: 515-3298 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays 11:00-11:30 p.m., and by appointment.
Books: “Modeling and Simulation in
Medicine and the Life Sciences”. Frank C Hoppensteadt
and Charles S. Peskin, second edition 2002, Springer Verlag. On reserve, D.H. Hill library
“Mathematical Models in Biology”. Leah Edelstein-Keshet, Classics in Applied
Mathematics, SIAM. ebook at D.H. Hill library
“An Introduction to Mathematical Models in the Social and Life Sciences”, Michael Olinick, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Massachusetts, 1978. On reserve, D.H. Hill library
“Building Models for Conservation and Wildlife Management”, Second edition, A.M. Starfield, A.L. Bleloch, Burgess International Group Inc., Minnesota, 1991. On reserve, D.H. Hill library
Prerequisite: MA 341, (MA 305 or MA 405), and programming proficiency; Corequisite: (MA 421 or ST 371)Basic Grading Scale: 90%-100%: A, 80%-89%: B, etc. (+ and - will also be used.)
Course Objectives, Grading and Exams, etc.
Presentation 2 (March
1: Focus introduction - should state why your problem is interesting
2: Specify your problem what question will you answer.
3: Describe facts about the system you model and display data you will use for model validation
4: Show updated model diagram
5: Discuss model assumptions
6: Show model equations
7: Show initial computations
Hand in outline for report - all
sections should be named, and an introduction should be
Discuss briefly what goes in each section.
3 (last day of class April 23rd - expect extended
a. Explain context for the modeling
b. Specify your problem and state why your problem is interesting
c. Formulate the question you answer
2: The model.
a. State assumptions
b. Define variables
c. Show diagram of model
d. State model equations, describe parameters
3. Properties of model.
a. Perform preliminary mathematics - nondimensionalization, manipulation of equations.
b. Display solutions, analytic or computational, with graphs and/or tables.
4. Results and discussion.
a. Describe results and how they help answer the key question
b. Discuss other aspects of the model, weaknesses, further developments
5. Bibliography. List references to papers, books, web resources, etc. you refer to for modeling or data,
computer programming, etc.
Hand in printed draft of
report April 21st - it should be complete, ready for final
The report can follow the organization of the presentation.
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