
1001BSMAndMDeathImmigrationMystery
27 Jun 2016   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We describe a classroom activity in which students use M&M candies to simulate death and immigration. Each student conducts an experiment with an immigration rate unique to that student  of that student's choice. Collected data on generation or iteration and population is then...

1001cSPopulationDecayThenSome
18 Jun 2019   Contributor(s):: Dina Yagodich
This is an adaption of Modeling Scenario 1001SMandMDeathAndImmigration 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.

1001dSHotelPopulationDecay
03 Jul 2019   Contributor(s):: Dina Yagodich
We offer students an opportunity to create a simulation model a hotel population with clients checking in and checking out according to two different disciplines as well as a number of different starting populations in the hotel.

1003SCollegeSavings
12 May 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We present a modeling opportunity for students in which they have to plan and model for saving for a child's complete college education.

1004SMicroorganismImmigration
30 May 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We present a modeling opportunity for population death with nonconstant immigration and suggest the use of both discrete and continuous models with a comparison of results.

1005SOilSlick
30 May 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We describe a modeling activity for students in which modeling with difference and differential equations is appropriate. We have used this model in our coursework for years and have found that it enlightens students as to the model building process and parameter estimation for a ...

1005ASOilSlick
30 May 2015   Contributor(s):: Karen Bliss

1005CSOilSlick
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,...

1014SDrainingContainers
17 Mar 2017   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We examine the question, ``Given two rectangular circular cylinders of water with the same volume, but different radii, with a small bore hole of same radius on the center of the bottom through which water exits the cylinder, which empties faster?''

1021SFeralCatControl
24 Jan 2016   Contributor(s):: Rachel Bayless, Nathan Pennington
This activity is structured as a letter from a company seeking assistance with a mathematical problem. The students will act as professional mathematical consultants and write a report analyzing the client's problem. The client company is a fictional organization which advocates for the use...

1022SSpreadOfTechnology
27 Nov 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We examine plots on the spread of technologies and ask students to estimate and extract data from the plots and then model several of these spread of technologies phenomena with a logistic differential equation model.

1024SMalariaControl
06 May 2016   Contributor(s):: David Culver
This project offers students a chance to make policy recommendations based on the analysis of models using both linear (exponential decay) and nonlinear (logistic growth) differential equations. The scenario is based on the deployment of the United States Army's 62nd Engineer Battalion to...

1027SStochasticProcesses
04 Jun 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We build the infinite set of first order differential equations for modeling a stochastic process, the socalled birth and death equations. We will only need to use integrating factor solution strategy or DSolve in Mathematica for success. We work to build our model of random events which...

1028SSouthernSweetIcedTea
25 Jun 2016   Contributor(s):: Troy Henderson
We offer raw data collected from a webcam and a thermometer for evaluating the strength of steeping tea. We ask students to build a mathematical model using the data to predict how long the tea should steep before essentially reaching saturation.

1029SConeToCubeFlow
02 Mar 2016   Contributor(s):: Sania Qureshi
We consider a configuration of two containers. An inverted right circular cone with a hole in point at the bottom is suspended above an opentopped cube which also has a hole in the center of the bottom. The cone is filled with water and we wish to model the water flow from cone to cube and...

1032SDigoxinElimination
17 Aug 2018   Contributor(s):: Therese Shelton
We model the concentration of digoxin eliminated from the human body at a rate proportional to the concentration. This is a ``firstorder reaction'' in the language of pharmacokinetics  the study of how drugs move in the body. This activity can be used to introduce compartmentalized...

1032SWordPropagation
07 Apr 2016   Contributor(s):: Rachelle DeCoste, Rachel Bayless
This activity is a gentle introduction to modeling via differential equations. The students will model the rate at which the word jumbo has propagated through English language texts over time.

1034SFishMixing
24 Dec 2015   Contributor(s):: Eric Sullivan, Elizabeth Anne Carlson
This activity gives students a chance to build the underlying differential equation and/or difference equation for a mixing problem using tangible objects (fish) and a studentdesigned restocking and fishing plan in a lake. The mixture is of two species of fish, one being the current sole...

1036SNeutralBuoyancy
03 Jun 2016   Contributor(s):: John Thomas Sieben
Things float or they don’t. Well, it’s not quite that simple. In this exercise we lead students through applications of several laws of physics to develop and solve differential equations that will predict where in a water column a weight with an attached lift bag will become...

1037SCommonColdSpread
30 Nov 2016   Contributor(s):: Richard Corban Harwood
This modeling scenario guides students to simulate and investigate the spread of the common cold in a residence hall. An example floor plan is given, but the reader is encouraged to use a more relevant example. In groups, students run repeated simulations, collect data, derive a differential...