MA 314 Mathematical Modeling


Instructor: Dr. Peter Dragnev

Office: KT 269, tel. (219) 481-6382


Ofice hours: MWF 11:00-12:00 p.m. TR 11:45-12:30

Book: A First Course in Mathematical Modeling by Giordano, Weir, and Fox

Course description: I shall cover Chapters 1-7 and Chapters 12-13. If time allows some other topics may be introduced. The main content of the course is mathematical modeling in its different aspects; creative and empirical model construction, model analysis, and model research. We shall use graphical models, discrete dynamical systems, model fitting, as well as experimental and simulation modeling. Different real scenario projects will be assigned and students will make their own presentations.

Grading: There will be five projects (8% each), homework (20%), and midterm and final exams (20% each). The letter grade is obtained according to the following scale.

A 85 -100; B 75-84; C 60-74; D 50-59; F below 50.

Teaching schedule: The following is a tentative teaching schedule

Chapter 1 2 periods 
Chapter 12 2 periods
Chapter 7 3 periods
Chapter 2 2 periods
Midterm (03/02) 1 period 
Chapter 13 2 periods
Chapter 3 4 periods
Chapter 5 4 periods 
Presentations 2 periods 
Chapter 4 4 periods
Chapter 6 4 periods 
Total 30 periods

The Final Exam is scheduled on May 2, 8:00-10:00 a.m.