Introduction to Mathematical Modelling, Latex and Mathematica


Course Objective

After this course the student...
1. ... can formulate a mathematical model (differential equation) to
describe a simple practical situation;
2. ... is able to analyse the model using exact solution methods, or
using the computer;
3. ... can interpret the outcome of the mathematical analysis in the
original practical context, while being aware of the limitations of the
4. ... is able to present the model, analysis and results clearly and
understandably to fellow students in writing;
5. ... can produce his/her own LaTeX document and perform simple
operations and computations in Mathematica.

Course Content

This is a course about mathematical modelling: translating real life
problems into mathematical language, analysing the resulting equations,
and drawing conclusions. You will work in small groups on two
assignments, and will report on these assignments in writing. You will
also learn to use the mathematical typesetting software LaTeX, and to
work with the mathematical software package Mathematica.

Teaching Methods

Exercise classes and computer classes. Contact hours per week: 8.

Method of Assessment

Written reports after weeks 1,2 and 4, and counting, respectively, for
15%, 35% and 50% towards the final grade. When initially graded
insufficient, each report may be handed in a second time, but only once
and within two weeks from the first attempt. Other than this, there is
no resit exam.

Entry Requirements

Single Variable Calculus.


Texts and assignments will be made available through Canvas.

Target Audience

BSc Mathematics Year 1

Additional Information

It is essential that all students are present at the first lecture.

General Information

Course Code XB_0006
Credits 3 EC
Period P3
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. B.W. Rink
Examiner dr. T.O. Rot
Teaching Staff prof. dr. B.W. Rink
dr. T.O. Rot

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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