MA 314 Mathematical Modeling

S Y L L A B U S


Instructor: Dr. Peter Dragnev

Office: KT 290, tel. (260) 481-6382

E-mail: dragnevp@ipfw.edu

Ofice hours: MW 10:30-11:00 a.m. and 4:00-4:30 p.m., TR 10:00-10:30 a.m.

Book: A First Course in Mathematical Modeling, by Giordano, Weir, and Fox - 3rd ed.

Course description: I shall cover Chapters 1-7 and parts of Chapters 7-10 and 12. The main content of the course is mathematical modeling in its different aspects; creative and empirical model construction, model analysis, and model research. The focus is on discrete modeling including discrete dynamical systems, model fitting, experimental and  probabilistic modeling, simulation and linear programming. We shall introduce some aspects of continuous modeling using graphical models, differential equations, and optimization. Different real scenario projects will be assigned and students will make their own presentations.

Grading: There will be five projects (10% each), homework (15%), and midterm (15%) and final exam (20%). The letter grade is obtained according to the following scale.

A 90 -100; B 80-89; C 70-79; D 60-69; F below 60.

Teaching schedule: The following is a tentative teaching schedule

Chapter 1 – 2 periods 

Chapter 5 – 4 periods

Chapter 8 – 2 periods

Chapter 2 – 3 periods

Midterm (03/02) – 1 period 

Chapter 9 – 2 periods

Chapter 3 – 3 periods

Chapter 6 – 2 periods 

Chapter 10 – 2 periods 

Chapter 4 – 3 periods

Chapter 7 – 4 periods 

Chapter 12 – 1 period

The Final Exam is scheduled on Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.