
1050SBargingAhead
10 Feb 2016   Contributor(s):: Timothy Pennings
As captain of a barge, you need to determine how fast to transportyour barge up river against the current in order to minimize the expended energy.Since expended energy is proportional to the force, and since the force is proportional to the speed, traveling too fast is inefficient. However, if...

1034SFishMixing
24 Dec 2015   Contributor(s):: Eric Sullivan, Elizabeth Anne Carlson
This activity gives students a chance to build the underlying differential equation and/or difference equation for a mixing problem using tangible objects (fish) and a studentdesigned restocking and fishing plan in a lake. The mixture is of two species of fish, one being the current sole...

1022SSpreadOfTechnology
27 Nov 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We examine plots on the spread of technologies and ask students to estimate and extract data from the plots and then model several of these spread of technologies phenomena with a logistic differential equation model.

1011ASKinetics
06 Jun 2015   Contributor(s):: Karen Bliss
Adapted from 111Kinetics, SIMIODE modeling scenario. We help students see the connection between college level chemistry course work and their differential equations coursework. We do this through modeling kinetics, or rates of chemical reaction. We study zeroth, first, and...

1026SEvaporation
04 Jun 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We provide data (in EXCEL and Mathematica files) on evaporation of 91% isopropyl alcohol in six different Petri dishes and one conical funnel and on evaporation of water in one Petri dish. We ask students to develop a mathematical model for the rate of evaporation for the alcohol mixture...

1025SMixingItUp
04 Jun 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
Students build three different models for levels of salt in a tank of water and at each stage the level of complexity increases with attention to nuances necessary for success.

1023SRumorSpread
04 Jun 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We use a newspaper report on the spread of a rumor based on shares of articles on the Internet over a 5 day period to demonstrate the value of modeling with the logistic differential equation. The data shows and the intrinsic growth rates confirm that the false rumor spread faster than true rumor.

1020SIceMelt
04 Jun 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We offer up the claim of a store catalog that its ice ball mold allows users to "... make ice balls that outlast cubes and won't water drinks down." We ask students to build a mathematical model to defend or contradict this claim.

1019SRocksInTheHead
04 Jun 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We describe an experiment and offer data from a previously conducted experiment on the perception of the individual mass of a collection of rocks in comparison to a 100 g brass mass. We lead students to use the logistic differential equation as a reasonable model, estimate the parameters,...

1011SKinetics
03 Jun 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We help students see the connection between college level chemistry course work and their differential equations coursework. We do this through modeling kinetics, or rates of chemical reaction. We offer many opportunities to model these chemical reactions with data, some of which comes from...

1031SCoolIt
02 Jun 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We offer data on the temperature of water in a beaker which resides in a room of constant temperature and also in an environment of nonconstant temperature. Students are encouraged to consider both empirical and analytic modeling approaches. We offer additional data sets in Excel spreadsheets...

1009SICUSpread
02 Jun 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We offer students the opportunity to model the percentage of voluntary nonprofit hospitals in the United States with Intensive Care Units during the period of 19581974.

1006SFinancingSavingsAndLoans
31 May 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
We describe two situations (Pa) one in which we are saving for a purpose and (2) one in which we are borrowing for a purpose. In the first case we ask for discrete and continuous model of the situation and in the second case we ask that the results of the model be used to examine some...

1005ASOilSlick
30 May 2015   Contributor(s):: Karen Bliss

1005SOilSlick
30 May 2015   Contributor(s):: Brian Winkel
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 ...