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 linear, first-order, non-homogeneous, ordinary differential equation. The activity also provides a lesson in ``knowing what to do when you do not know what to do."
SPANISH LANGUAGE VERSION We have placed in Supporting Docs both Student and Teacher Version (LaTeX and PDF Versions) with a Spanish LaTeX Class file, SIMIODE-SPANISH.cls. Names will be x-y-S-Title-StudentVersion-Spanish and x-y--T-Title-TeacherVersion-Spanish.
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