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  1. 1-092-T-DashItAll

    01 Sep 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    This project uses very basic physics, Newton's Second Law of Motion, to model the motion of a sprinter running down a track. The model is driven by data from the world record race of Usain Bolt in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. In particular, we derive the classic Hill-Keller model for a...

  2. 1-092-S-DashItAll

    01 Sep 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    This project uses very basic physics, Newton's Second Law of Motion, to model the motion of a sprinter running down a track. The model is driven by data from the world record race of Usain Bolt in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. In particular, we derive the classic Hill-Keller model for a...

  3. 1-084-T-GoingViral

    31 Aug 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    Students employ randomization in order to create a simulation of the spread of a viral disease in a population (the classroom).  Students then use qualitative analysis of the expected behavior of the virus to devise a logistic differential equation.  Finally, students solve the...

  4. 1-084-S-GoingViral

    31 Aug 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    Students employ randomization in order to create a simulation of the spread of a viral disease in a population (the classroom).  Students then use qualitative analysis of the expected behavior of the virus to devise a logistic differential equation.  Finally, students solve the...

  5. 9-015-T-UnearthingTruth

    28 Aug 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    This project introduces electrical resistivity tomography, a technique of interest for geophysical imaging, used to produce images of underground features or structures by using electrical current. Specifically, a known electrical current is injected into an object (for example, the earth) and...

  6. 9-015-S-UnearthingTruth

    28 Aug 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    This project introduces electrical resistivity tomography, a technique of interest for geophysical imaging, used to produce images of underground features or structures by using electrical current. Specifically, a known electrical current is injected into an object (for example, the earth) and...

  7. 5-002-T-PhasePortraitForRelationshipDynamics

    15 Aug 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    The different possible dynamics of a two-person romantic relationship are modeled -- as a linear two dimensional system of equations -- and analyzed. Students are guided to explore how the mathematical model of one relationship type can be obtained by modifying the mathematical model of another....

  8. 3-150-T-ItsABlastFurnace

    13 Aug 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    This project uses the steady-state heat equation to model the temperature distribution in an industrial furnace used for metal production, for example, a blast furnace.The heat flow is assumed to be steady-state, so that only an elementary ordinary differential equation (ODE) is needed, and...

  9. 3-150-S-ItsABlastFurnace

    13 Aug 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    This project uses the steady-state heat equation to model the temperature distribution in an industrial furnace used for metal production, for example, a blast furnace.The heat flow is assumed to be steady-state, so that only an elementary ordinary differential equation (ODE) is needed, and...

  10. 3-130-T-MatterOfSomeGravity

    07 Aug 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    This project introduces the concept of an inverse problem (or parameter estimation), in the context of the simple linearized pendulum ordinary differential equation. The theme of the project is that one often has a physical model for a system but in which the model contains unknown parameters or...

  11. 3-130-S-MatterOfSomeGravity

    07 Aug 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    This project introduces the concept of an inverse problem (or parameter estimation), in the context of the simple linearized pendulum ordinary differential equation. The theme of the project is that one often has a physical model for a system but in which the model contains unknown parameters or...

  12. 1-001c-S-PopulationDecayThenSome

    18 Jun 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    This is an adaption of Modeling Scenario 1-001-S-MandMDeathAndImmigration  in which death and immigration of m&m's is replaced by check outs and arrivals in a hotel and makes specific use of MatLab coding.

  13. 1-107-S-ClothDry

    27 Apr 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    We build a mathematical model for the rate at which drying takes place in a cloth wet with water while hanging in air. A model can be based on underlying physical principles. Such a model is called an analytic model. Or your model could be based on observations and reasoned terms in your...

  14. 1-107-T-ClothDry

    27 Apr 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    We build a mathematical model for the rate at which drying takes place in a cloth wet with water while hanging in air. A model can be based on underlying physical principles. Such a model is called an analytic model. Or your model could be based on observations and reasoned terms in your...

  15. 7-011-Text-T-CoupledSystemLaplace

    31 Mar 2019 | Technique Narratives

    Differential equations and Laplace transforms are an integral part of control problems in engineering systems. However a clear explanation of the relationship of Laplace transforms with the differential equation formalism is difficult to find for coupled differential equations. Here we describe...

  16. 7-011-Text-S-CoupledSystemLaplace

    31 Mar 2019 | Technique Narratives

    Differential equations and Laplace transforms are an integral part of control problems in engineering systems. However a clear explanation of the relationship of Laplace transforms with the differential equation formalism is difficult to find for coupled differential equations. Here we describe...

  17. 5090-T-SolidParticleErosion

    27 Mar 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    By applying Newton's second law, and making a collection of reasonable assumptions, students will derive a system of differential equations that model the path of a rigid particle as it gouges material from a more ductile surface. Examination of the solution will yield a formula for the...

  18. 1-125-T-DiceyPopulations

    04 Mar 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    We offer students an opportunity to generate unique data for their team on a death and immigration model using 12 and 20 sided dice and then pass on the data to another student team for analysis with a model they built. The key is to recover the parameters and try to explain how the simulation...

  19. 1-125-S-DiceyPopulations

    04 Mar 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    We offer students an opportunity to generate unique data for their team on a death and immigration model using 12 and 20 sided dice and then pass on the data to another student team for analysis with a model they built. The key is to recover the parameters and try to explain how the simulation...

  20. 1-143-S-PopulationModelVariationsMATLAB

    17 Feb 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

    Students will walk through a detailed derivation and review of basic population models (exponential and logistic) to create and understand variations of those models while learning some basic MATLAB functions for working with differential equations.  They will also work with other utilities...