MATH 056. Modeling


An introduction to the formulation and analysis of mathematical models. This course will present a general framework for the development of discrete, continuous, and graphical models of diverse phenomena. Principles of modeling will be drawn from kinetics, population dynamics, traffic flow, diffusion, continuum mechanics, cellular automata, and network science. Mathematical techniques for understanding models will be emphasized, including dimensional analysis, phase plane diagrams, stability analysis, bifurcation theory, conservation laws, steady-state solutions, and computer simulation. Specific applications from chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, and neuroscience will be discussed. A primary goal of this course is to give insights into the connections between mathematics and real-world problems, allowing students to apply the course concepts to applications that excite them.
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH 027  or MATH 028  and also in one of MATH 033 , MATH 034 , or MATH 035 ; or permission of the instructor.
Natural sciences and engineering.
1 credit.
Eligible for ENVS
Fall 2019. Staff.
Catalog chapter: Mathematics and Statistics  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/mathematics-statistics


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