This module introduces basic techniques in mathematical modelling of real world problems, while building teamwork and communication skills. The various stages of the modelling process, such as finding a suitable mathematical formulation, theoretical and computational analysis and assessing the suitability of the final solution, will be examined.
This module is structured around a number of modelling projects (to include assessments and practice projects). Examples of mathematical topics involved are: exponential decay and growth, periodic phenomena and oscillations, discrete models described by difference equations, compartmental models described by systems of difference equations, etc. The models studied are inspired by practical problems in areas such as Physics, Biology, Finance, Environmental Science, and many others.
Discussion-based lectures, team work (under the lecturer's guidance) and computer laboratory sessions.
The class is divided into groups, who are responsible for the preparation, submission and oral presentation of the projects. Each member of the group must present one of the projects.
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