MA 314 Mathematical Modeling S Y L L A B U S

Instructor: Dr. Peter Dragnev

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


Meeting time: TR 12:00-1:15 p.m., KT 218

Office hours: TR 1:30-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Book: A First Course in Mathematical Modeling, by Giordano, Weir, and Fox 4th ed.


Course description: I shall cover Chapters 1-10. 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. 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 3 periods 

Chapter 6 2 periods 

Chapter 2 3 periods

Chapter 7 4 periods 

Chapter 3 3 periods

Chapter 8 3 periods

Chapter 4 3 periods

Chapter 9 2 periods

Chapter 5 3 periods

Chapter 10 3 periods 

Midterm (03/04) 1 period 

Final (05/04) 1 period

The Final Exam is scheduled on Tuesday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Disabilities Statement: If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Contact the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities (Walb 113, telephone number 481-6658), as soon as possible to work out the details. Once the Director has provided you with a letter attesting to your needs for modification, bring the letter to me. For more information, please visit the web site for SSD at .