Math 347: Mathematical Models, Fall 2012
Tuesday and Thursday 2:404:00pm
Textbook
A First Course
in Mathematical Models, Fourth
Edition, by Giordano, Fox, Horton, and Weir
Office
Hours (Hayes 309A)
Monday 2:103:00pm
Tuesday
12:101:00pm
Wednesday
11:10am12:00pm
Thursday
9:1011:00am
Homework
Lesson 
Date 
Section(s) 
Topic 
Homework 
Due 
1,
2 
9/4/2012 9/6/2012 
1.11.2 
Modeling
and Approximating Change 
Lab 1: King Kong – summarize your results in a one page writeup
for Peter Jackson. Read Sections 1.1 and 1.2. 
Tuesday, 9/11/2012 
3 
9/11/2012 
1.31.4 
Dynamical
Systems and Difference Equations 
Read Sections 1.3 and 1.4. Read Zombie #1 and Zombie #2. Read Massaction paper. 
Thursday, 9/13/2012 
4 
9/13/2012 
2.3 
Latex/Matlab More
on Scaling. 
Skim West et al. paper. Work on Matlab handout. Attempt at least one of the problems at
the end of the worksheet. Write beginning of literature review (Use LaTex and BibTex.
Include at least two sources. For each one, give a brief overview and state
current comments/questions.) 
Tuesday, 9/18/2012 
5,6 
9/18/2012 9/20/2012 
12.112.5 
Matlab, Systems
of Differential Equations, Euler’s Method 
First draft of zombie literature review, including choice of
focus. Implement Euler’s method. 
Thursday, 9/27/2012 
7,8 
9/25/2012 9/27/2012 

Sensitivity
Analysis, Robustness 
Zombie literature review with proposal. 
Thursday, 10/4/2012 
9 
10/9/2012 

More
on SIR, Jacobians 
Euler’s method problems Dynamical systems problems 
Tuesday, 10/9/2012 
10 
10/16/2012 

Zombie
Discussion, Discrete Dynamical Systems 
Final draft: zombie literature review and proposal. 
Thursday, 10/18/2012 
11 
10/18/2012 

Discrete
Dynamical Systems Graphical Analysis 
Cobwebbing problems 
Tuesday, 10/30/2012 
12 
10/23/2012 

Cobwebs
and Zombies 


13 
10/25/2012 
Ch
56 
Chapter
Proposal Work, Discrete Probability Models 
Chapter proposals (510 minute presentation) 
Tuesday, 10/30/2012 
14 
10/30/2012 
Ch
56 
Chapter
Proposals, Continuous Probability Models 
Practice/discuss chapter plans with partner. Associated partner response assignment due within 2 days.
Homework set and solutions due by the first class day of your week. 
Danny – by 10/4 Katie – by 10/11 Will Bailey – by 10/25 Will Bowman – by 12/2 
15 
10/30/2012 
Ch
56 
Continuous
Probability Models 
Attempt remainder of inclass worksheet. 
Thursday, 11/1/2012 
16 
11/1/2012 
Ch
56 
Simulation
of Probability Models 
Monte Carlo simulation worksheet 
Thursday, 11/8/2012 
17 
11/6/2012,
11/8/2012 
Ch
7 
Optimization
of Discrete Models 
Simplex method worksheet (from Danny) 
Thursday, 11/15/2012 
18 
11/13/2012, 11/15/2012 
Ch
8 
Modeling
Using Graph Theory 
Baseball problem (from Katie) 
Thursday, 11/29/2012 
19 
11/27/2012, 11/29/2012 
Ch
9 
Dimensional
Analysis and Similitude 
TNT proposal worksheet (from Will Bailey) Check in on zombie project and proposed plan. 
Thursday, 12/6/2012 
20 
12/4/2012, 12/6/2012 
Ch
13 
Optimization
of Continuous Models 
Economics optimization homework problems (from Will Bowman) 
Thursday, 12/13/2012 