INTRODUCTION TO MODELLING

Fall 2006

Time & Place: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday, 9:30 - 10:20 in HH/305

Computer Labs: Tuesday 11:30 - 12:20 in BSB/249

Instructor: Dr. Bartosz Protas

Office: HH 326, Ext. 24116

Office hours: 10:30-11:30am Tuesday and Wednesday

Email: bprotas_AT_mcmaster_DOT_ca

Teaching Assistant: Mr. Xiao Hui Li

Office: HH 403, Ext. 24411

Office hours: 3:30-4:30pm Tuesday

Email: lixh_AT_math_DOT_mcmaster_DOT_ca

Announcements:

# |
Post Date |
Due Date |

HW 1 |
October 4 |
October 11 |

HW 2 |
October 25 |
November 1 |

HW 3 |
November 8 |
November 15 |

HW 4 |
November 22 |
November 29 (Revised to December 1) |

Outline of the Course:

The course offers an elementary introduction to mathematical modelling in science and engineering. We will use an array of basic mathematical tools, such asTopics:

Following a brief review of the background material and an introduction to the software packages MATLAB and MAPLE, we will analyze nine mathematical models described in Chapters 1 through 9 of the textbook. On average, every model will be discussed during three meetings.Reference:

R. Illner, C. S. Bohun, S. McCollum and Th. van Roode, ``Mathematical Modelling - a Case Studies Approach'', American Mathematical Society (Student Mathematical Library), (2005)Supplementary references will be made available by the instructor.

Software:

All of the computational examples will be presented using MATLAB and MAPLE. This software is available on computers in the computer lab. Lab hours (see above) are reserved for unsupervised work, however, unless the computer labs are reserved for large-class tutorials, students should be able to work there also outside the allocated time-slots.Prerequisites:

One of MATH 1AA3, 1NN3, 1XX3, ARTS\& SCI 1D06 and credit or registration in one of MATH 1B03, 1D03, 1H03, 1H05, 1HH3, or consent of the instructor.Assignments:

There will be four homework assignments, however, only three best ones will count towards the final grade. Depending on the type of the assignment, they will have to be submittedTests:

There will be two in-class tests on October 13 and November 17. They will last 50 minutes each and will cover analytical issues only (no programming). Only the McMaster standard calculator Casio fx-991 will be allowed during the tests.Final Exam:

The course will be completed by a three-hour final examination. The date and location of the final exam will be announced by the Registrar's office in mid-term.Marking Scheme:

Excused Absences:

Exemptions from the assignments or tests for valid reasons are possible, but must be requested through the office of the Associate Dean of the Faculty that you are registered with. In the event of an exemption, no make up test or assignment will be administered, but your course grade will be re-weighted by increasing the weight of the final examination to compensate for the missed test or assignment.Senate Policy Statement:

The course is regulated by the following documents: