Mathematical Modelling of Dynamical Systems


Course Objective

1. The student can build a mathematical model for a concrete problem.
2. She can perform (literature) research in order to find appropriate
parameters that make the model realistic.
3. She can recognize the mathematical challenges of the model, has
learned how to analyse the model, and how to translate her mathematical
findings back to the concrete context.
4. She has learned how to work on a project together with another
5. She can use the LaTeX beamer package, and knows how to present parts
of the project, in English and both orally and in writing, to a
non-expert audience.
6. She has gained new insights in the manifold application of
mathematical tools (ordinary differential equations) to real-world

Course Content

This course is part of the modelling line of the bachelor's programme in
mathematics, and builds on the course Introduction to Mathematical
Modelling. The course focuses on the application of mathematics (to be
precise: ordinary differential equations) to concrete practical
problems. It involves literature research, and the presentation of
mathematical results. The goal is to build a mathematical model and
analyse different aspects of it. The mathematical solutions are
interpreted in a concrete context. English presention and writing skills
are trained intensively.

Teaching Methods

The students work in groups of 2 or 3 students on a modelling project
under guidance of the teacher. They are taught how to present their work
in English, and they give oral and written presentations on their work.

Method of Assessment

Open problems including computer exercises and oral presentations with
beamer slides.

Entry Requirements

Introduction to Mathematical Modelling, Single Variable Calculus, and
Linear Algebra.


Project instructions will be provided through Canvas.

Target Audience

Bachelor Mathematics Year 1

Custom Course Registration

Group enrollment via Canvas

General Information

Course Code XB_0007
Credits 6 EC
Period P6
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. O. Fabert
Examiner dr. R. Planque
Teaching Staff dr. R. Planque
dr. O. Fabert

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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