05 Mar 2022 | | Contributor(s):: Bill Skerbitz
Students are led step by step through the development of introductory ideas in mathematical modeling with differential equations. They will encounter the fundamental ideas underlying unlimited population growth (exponential models), limited population growth (logistic models), and a coupled...
21 Jan 2022 | | Contributor(s):: Jacob Paul Duncan
Most projectile motion and free fall models are based on the assumption that gravity is the only force acting on the object. Here we develop, solve, and analyze a second order nonhomogeneous differential equation model for free fall which incorporates air resistance. Students will solve the model...
17 Jan 2022 | | Contributor(s):: Jennie D'Ambroise
We describe a modeling activity for Calculus I students in which modeling with difference and differential equations is appropriate. This model enlightens students as to how derivatives are used in applications as well as a brief introductory encounter with parameter estimation for a linear,...
14 Jan 2022 | | Contributor(s):: Bonnie Moon
In this lab students will collect data on their spring mass systems and compare their empirical models to their theoretical ones—giving them an opportunity to actually test a model against data. Before this lab, students should have modeled spring-mass systems and solved second-order...
18 Oct 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Maila Hallare, Charles Lamb
This activity analyzes the spread of a technological innovation using the Bass Model from Economics. The equation is a first-order, two-parameter separable equation and the solution has a characteristic S-shaped curve or sigmoid curve. The students derive the solution to the model, use least...
20 Sep 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Arati Nanda Pati
In this modeling scenario, we offer students simulation experience from a given data set which represents the heart death rate during the period 2000 - 2010 using several approaches to include exponential decay, difference equation, differential equation, and parameter estimation using EXCEL. We...
27 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Brody Dylan Johnson
This modeling scenario examines the deflection of a cantilever beam under two different distributed loads. Students will have the opportunity to conduct experiments with their own cantilever beam or use data provided in the student version. A mathematical model for the beam deflection will be...
26 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Qingxia Li
This project is designed to examine differences between the exponential and logistic growth models in biology and how to apply these models in solving epidemic questions. This project was designed for an introductory section in Calculus II or a course involving ordinary differential equations,...
17 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Jacob Paul Duncan
The mountain pine beetle (MPB, Dendroctonus ponderosae), a tree-killing bark beetle, has historically been part of the normal disturbance regime in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) forests. In recent years, warmer weather has allowed MPB populations to achieve synchronous emergence and successful...
14 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Vladimir Riabov
Students will use computer programs (or create their own programming code) based on exponential box-scheme approximations for solving systems of nonlinear differential equations that contain small parameters for the highest derivative terms or singularities in boundary conditions. The uniform...
12 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Yuxin Zhang
The temperature distribution along a uniform slender bar due to conduction and convection is investigated through experimental, analytical, and numerical approaches. A series of experiments are designed to study the effects of materials, ambient fluid flows, geometric characteristics, and...
08 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Shengyong Zhang
Vibration vehicle models provide a great opportunity to integrate vehicle-based vibrations into a mechanical engineering vibrations course. This project works on a multiple-degree-of-freedom (MDOF) including the pitch and bounce of the vehicle body mounting on a suspension system. The approach...
08 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Crodelle
Students will be introduced to a mathematical model for language dynamics. Specifically, the model describes the change in the fraction of a population speaking one language over another. By answering a list of questions, students will explore how changing the status of a language will alter the...
08 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Crodelle
This modeling scenario will introduce students to the concept of a bifurcation through a fish harvesting model. This short activity will walk students through a guided list of questions to help them to understand how the stability of equilibrium changes with changes in a model parameter, in this...
08 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Barbara Zubik-Kowal
This project involves the dynamics of chlorine concentration during regular swimming pool maintenance cycles. Students will have the opportunity to use both analytic and numerical methods. On the analytical side, students will solve one of the model equations, describing the first stage of a...
07 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Iordanka Panayotova, Maila Hallare
This modeling scenario guides students through the process of fitting the Lotka-Volterra model of two differential equations to a real time series observational data. Students use the capabilities of R and R studio, an integrated development environment for R, and the gauseR package, a collection...
04 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Maila Hallare, Iordanka Panayotova
This activity presents an engineering application that is modelled by a coupled system of two linear second-order differential equations with constant coefficients. One of the equations is homogeneous while the other one is non-homogeneous. The application is called wireless power transmission...
04 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Allison Leigh Lewis
This modeling scenario guides a student familiar with single ordinary differential equation (ODE) models towards the development of a more complex system of two ODEs for describing the evolution of tumor growth over time. Students should have prior experience with solving ODEs using the separable...
03 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Maila Hallare, Iordanka Panayotova
This activity builds upon elementary models on population growth. In particular, we compare two different treatment models of cancer therapy where in one, surgery happens before therapy and in the other, surgery happens after therapy.Activities will help students appreciate the importance of...
03 Aug 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Iordanka Panayotova, Maila Hallare
In this project, students explore oncolytic virotherapy using systems of differential equations and numerical simulations. The first activity guides the students in simulating the dynamics between the uninfected cancer cells x(t), the oncolytic virus-infected cancer cells y(t), and the...