Topics in Applicable Mathematics
Not available in 2013
Previously offered in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004
Mathematics is used in ecology, commerce, industry, and indeed in many areas of human activity. Interesting mathematical applications from these areas will be studied with emphasis on the important principles involved in constructing effective mathematical models. The usefulness and limitations of the various applications will be discussed. The course covers all aspects of the modelling procedure: development analysis, interpretation and refinement through the consideration of case studies drawn from areas such as traffic engineering, biological systems and industrial processes. During these studies, students will be introduced to relevant, new mathematical skills and techniques.
|Objectives||1. to give students an understanding of the principles involved in constructing effective mathematical models in ecology, commerce and industry.
2. to enable students to analyse the usefulness and limitations of mathematical models employed in various areas of human activity.
3. to develop skills required to solve the equations used to describe physical phenomena.
|Content||Mathematical models from various areas will be developed and analysed. Areas from which models are chosen may include:
. traffic flow
. scaling analysis
. biological systems
. elastic vibrations
. random walk models
. chaos theory
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|