Math 450: Applied mathematics modelling – a pragmatist’s sampler

Timothy Reluga

December, 2018

Copyright 2018 by Timothy Reluga

Mason-Dixon, Watt’s linkage, Lindenmayer Systems, Patterson’s misclosure, Cassini-Newton debate, Lotka-Volterra theory, stable distributions, Poisson process, Erlang’s B formula, Zipf’s Law, Katherine Johnson, two-body problem, catenary, percolation, Wa-Tor, Conway’s game of life, Budyko’s climate model, Karman vortex street

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Lectures

  1. Preface

Algebra and Geometry

  1. Trigonometry
  2. Cartesian geometry
  3. Least squares
  4. Scaling and exponential laws
  5. Dimensional analysis

Reactions

  1. Differential equations
  2. Pharmacokinetics
  3. Mass action
  4. Fruit mites and Zombies
  5. Metaphors and models
  6. Fire

Mechanics

  1. Complex numbers
  2. Geometric optics
  3. Cannons and Space ships
  4. Flight
  5. Pendulums and hanging chains
  6. The two-body problem

Stochastic Simulation

  1. Simulations
  2. Distributions
  3. Horse kicks and Height
  4. Markov chains
  5. Telephone Systems
  6. Zipf and preferential attachment

Space

  1. Percolation
  2. Lattices for space (2 days)
  3. Heat and the Age of the earth
  4. Waves, telegraphs, and telephones
  5. Fluids
  6. Lubrication theory

Miscellaneous

  1. Option pricing
  2. Fermi models
  3. Climate and snowball earth (3 days)
  4. Optimization
  5. Modeling in-host Hepatitis C infection
  6. Symmetry and fractals
  7. Decision processes
  8. Difference equations and chaos

Appendices

  1. Preceding modelling textbooks
  2. Introduction to python programming
  3. Calculating with python
  4. Functional calculus
  5. Probability laws
  6. Project ideas