Summer 2021 FREE SIMIODE Collegial Workshop

                            Summer 2021

     FREE SIMIODE Collegial Workshop  

Dates and Times

  • Day 1 - Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 1:30 – 4:00 PM Eastern US Time
  • Day 2 – Tuesday, 13 July 2021, 1:30 – 4:00 PM Eastern US Time
  • Day 3 – Monday, 19 July 2021, 1:30 – 4:30 PM Eastern US Time


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Day 1 - Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 1:30 – 4:00 PM Eastern US Time

Assignment materials with initial invitation sent out to participants one week before Day 1: Collect data with sheet for death and immigration, so-called m&m modeling scenario, come prepared to do modeling and parameter estimation

    (1:30 – 2:00 PM)

Modeling first -  m&m modeling. GO over as class m&m model with their data.

    (2:00 – 2:30 PM)

Introduction to SIMIODE and its features, with emphasis on teaching support

    (2:30 – 2:45 PM)

Ant Tunnel Model on the spot, appropriate for Calculus II – especially get to rejecting proposed models as a good lesson on reality check for your own model you put forth

     (2:45 – 3:00 PM)

Surveys on on (1) draws and opportunities and (2) concerns and obstacles to doing modeling.

    (3:00 – 3:10 PM)


    (3:10 – 3:30 PM)

Kinetics models – data provided from chemistry course texts

    (3:30 – 3:55 PM)

Sublimation of carbon dioxide – data previously collected in a classroom

    (3:55 - 4:00 PM)

Looking Ahead to Day 2

Assignment for next time: Collect data on YouTube videos of Falling Column of Water found at SIMIODE's YouTube Channel  (Data Collection for Modeling Scenarios). Take one of the videos on various columns of water with 5/64, 7/64, 9/64, 11/64, or 13/64” small bore hole and identical cross-sectional areas. Collect about 12 data points of height and time. Zero out your clock by subtracting actual time of first observation to report t = 0 height through 12th time shifted height.

Day 2 – Tuesday, 13 July 2021, 1:30 – 4:00 PM Eastern US Time

    (1:30 – 2:00 PM)

Meet the Author -- Discuss SIMIODE’s new digital text, Differential Equations: A Toolbox for Modeling the World, its  methods, rich material and exercises, style, presentation, goals, and how it might be used in course.

    (2:00 – 2:30 PM)

Bullet resistance – a shot in the water

    (2:30 – 3:00 PM)

Draws and Issues in doing Modeling - Let's talk

    (3:00 – 3:10 PM)


    (3:10 – 3:20 PM)

Spread of an oilslick - improper data

     (3:10 – 3:20 PM)

Words about Tuned Mass Dampers

     (3:30 – 3:55 PM)

Falling column of water

     (3:55 - 4:00 PM)

Looking ahead to Day 3 

Assignment for next time: Plan a lesson based on a Modeling Scenario in SIMIODE (see Starter Kit, other SIMIODE Modeling Scenarios and SIMIODE Resource Guide, or use your own), but then also think about publishing your work in SIMIODE.

Day 3 – Monday, 19 July 2021, 1:30 – 4:30 PM Eastern US Time

    (1:30 – 2:00 PM)

Calculus Modeling 

    (2:00 – 2:30 PM)

Drug absorption models two-compartment models and dialysis machine study

    (2:30 – 3:00 PM)

Examine and consider some more advanced Modeling Scenarios

  • Machine Replacement with Laplace Transform and Convolution
  • Gause competition modeling
  • SIR Boys School data model

    (3:00 – 3:30 PM)

LSD compartment model – in depth – data fitting, to show how you can get concentrations in tissues, JUST by knowing concentration in blood, and examine correlation of LSD in the brain with arithmetic test scores

    (3:30 – 4:00 PM)

Break outs about how you would proceed to use the material you selected. What do you need to do? Find a place in your course, think logistics, assignment. See SIMIODE Modeling Scenarios which can be modified and personalized. 3 to a group with 10 minutes/person each sharing their proposal/plan.

    (4:00 – 4:30 PM) Wrap-up and Sharing of Ideas

Farewell and ask for completion of Survey in the next few days, please.

QuickView and Reflection: What new or reinforced ideas do you have as a result of this workshop? What action might you take?

Suggestions for Further Actions

Open ended suggestions of other materials to use with data at  SIMIODE Activities Using Data for Students Learning Online

YouTube Slime Spread collect data

YouTube Cannister Falling in Water collect data

YouTube Falling Cone of water  collect data

Participants encouraged to post their classroom experiences in a Forum in SIMIODE.