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1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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...

8. 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. 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...

10. 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. 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...

12. 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...

13. 25 Mar 2019 | Modeling Scenarios

This scenario models the loss of employees and the employer's attempt to retain them through stock options. It most naturally is solved with a first-order linear decay model with two populations. This is intended for introductory students and is paired well with exponential growth/decay...

14. 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...

15. 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...

16. 20 Nov 2018 | Modeling Scenarios

The goal of this project is for students to develop, analyze, and compare three different models for the flight of a sponge dart moving under the influences of gravity and air resistance. The first two models are based respectively on the common simplifying assumptions of no air resistance and...

17. 20 Nov 2018 | Modeling Scenarios

The goal of this project is for students to develop, analyze, and compare three different models for the flight of a sponge dart moving under the influences of gravity and air resistance. The first two models are based respectively on the common simplifying assumptions of no air resistance and...

18. 17 Sep 2018 | Modeling Scenarios

We offer several strategies for estimating parameters in models of epidemics, one using a Michaelis-Menten saturation infected rate.

19. 17 Sep 2018 | Modeling Scenarios

We offer several strategies for estimating parameters in models of epidemics, one using a Michaelis-Menten saturation infected rate.

20. 30 Aug 2018 | Modeling Scenarios

We offer a video showing real time spread of a cylinder of slime and challenge students to build a mathematical model for this phenomenon.