Math 577: Mathematical Modeling (Spring 2021)
"You cannot understand the physical world in any deep or
satisfying way without using mathematical reasoning." -- R. P. Feynman
This course will present an introduction and survey of mathematical models
for problems in the applied sciences and engineering. The real-world problems,
coming from areas like mechanical systems, control theory, bio-chemical
reactions, and heat transfer will be formulated as idealized mathematical
models. Equations will be derived from first principles in geometry, physics
and the calculus of variations. Mathematical techniques such as
nondimensionalization, perturbation analysis, and self-similar solutions
will then be introduced to simplify the models and yield insight into
the underlying problems.
Prerequisites
Some background in solving ordinary and partial differential equations
[Math 353 or Math 356] and
basic physics/mechanics, multivariable calculus [Math 212].
Math 577-01 (5321) Mathematical Modeling
Lectures Tues/Thurs 10:15-11:30am (Zoom meetings)
- First class meeting: Thurs, Jan 21, 2021
see Academic Calendar
- Tues, March 9: No lecture (Spring break)
- Lectures end: Thurs, Apr 22, 2021
Instructor
Thomas Witelski, Professor, Dept of Math
Office: Room 295 Physics Building
Office hours
Zoom meetings, Times to be announced,
or by email request
for an appointment for other times.
Textbook
Problem sets
Course materials and web links
Reference books