MATH 331, Fall 2018:
Introduction to Mathematical Modeling

Class Times: MWF 11:00 am to 11:50 am
Location: Engineering E 104
Instructor: Gerhard Dangelmayr, WB 116
Phone: 491-3332;  e-mail:
Office Hours: MWR 1pm-2pm

Text: This course is based on class notes. The chapters are posted below. Download book.

Prerequisites:  MATH 161 or concurrent registration; MATH 229 or concurrent registration or MATH 369 or concurrent registration.

Topics Class Notes

Introduction: The Modeling Process (Ch.1)
Qualitative Modeling with Functions, Proportion, and Scale (Ch.2)
Optimization Models: Linear and Nonlinear Programming (Ch.3-4)
Data Fitting Models (Ch.5)
Modeling with Difference Equations (Ch.6)
Simulation Modeling (Ch.7)

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7

Homework Assignments, Due Dates and Dates of Class Events

Grading:  Your grades will be available in CANVAS.
 • Homework 40% • Two in-class exams 15% each • Final Exam 30%
Letter grades: A: 90-100;  B: 80-89;  C: 70-79;  D: 60-69;  F: 0-59.

Exam Dates:
In-Class Exam 1: Friday, October 5, 2018;
In-Class Exam 2: Friday, November 16, 2018;
FINAL: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 4:10-6:10pm, Engr E104

Not allowed in all exams: cell phones, tablets, laptops, books, typed notes;
Allowed in all exams: calculators;
Allowed in Midterm Exams: 1 handwritten page of notes (=1 sheet);
Allowed in Final: 2 handwritten pages of notes (= 2 sheets).

Software used: MATLAB  --  Labs, Matlab Codes, Matlab Notes, and Links
Lab Sessions: Some of the classes will be held in the Weber 205 computer lab to practice Matlab.
See Schedule below.

There will be seven homework assignments, due every two weeks. Four selected problems from the homework assignment will be graded. Please formulate your solutions so that one can clearly understand the logic and line of reasoning. Include appropriate explanations and comments and avoid "Math-Steno". Please write neatly and state every problem number and the problem itself. Points can be taken away if writing or presentation are not clear. You can discuss your homework solutions with other students, but the homework you turn in should be your own. No late homework assignments will be graded. And, PLEASE, write your FULL NAME clearly on the top sheet, thank you!