
1190SIntroClass
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...

4039SFallingDarts
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...

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,...

3091SMassSpringExperiments
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 springmass systems and solved secondorder...

1165SFlushToilet
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 firstorder, twoparameter separable equation and the solution has a characteristic Sshaped curve or sigmoid curve. The students derive the solution to the model, use least...

1160SHeartDeathRate
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...

2021Radhka, T. S. L.  Notes on Frobenius method
06 Sep 2021   Contributor(s):: T S L Radhika
Radhka, T. S. L. 2021. Notes on Frobenius methodAbstract: This article explains and demonstrates applications of the Frobenius theory as discussed in thebook by Simmons on “Differential Equations with Applications and Historical Notes.” We specificallydiscuss the...

9125SBeamModeling
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...

1104SInfectionRisk
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,...

10100SInsectOutbreaks
17 Aug 2021   Contributor(s):: Jacob Paul Duncan
The mountain pine beetle (MPB, Dendroctonus ponderosae), a treekilling 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...

4065SGasInjection
14 Aug 2021   Contributor(s):: Vladimir Riabov
Students will use computer programs (or create their own programming code) based on exponential boxscheme approximations for solving systems of nonlinear differential equations that contain small parameters for the highest derivative terms or singularities in boundary conditions. The uniform...

3069SHeatInBar
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...

5036SHalfCarVibration
08 Aug 2021   Contributor(s):: Shengyong Zhang
Vibration vehicle models provide a great opportunity to integrate vehiclebased vibrations into a mechanical engineering vibrations course. This project works on a multipledegreeoffreedom (MDOF) including the pitch and bounce of the vehicle body mounting on a suspension system. The approach...

1134SLanguageDynamics
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...

1135SFishHarvesting
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...

1097SSwimmingPool
08 Aug 2021   Contributor(s):: Barbara ZubikKowal
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...

6067SLotkaVolterra
07 Aug 2021   Contributor(s):: Iordanka Panayotova, Maila Hallare
This modeling scenario guides students through the process of fitting the LotkaVolterra 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...

3092SWirelessPower
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 secondorder differential equations with constant coefficients. One of the equations is homogeneous while the other one is nonhomogeneous. The application is called wireless power transmission...

6029STumorGrowth
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...

1150SCancerTherapy
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...