12 Sep 2019 | Technique Narratives | Contributor(s):: Kurt Bryan
The matrix exponential is a powerful computational and conceptual tool for analyzing systems of linear, constant coefficient, ordinary differential equations (ODE's). This narrative offers a quick introduction to the technique, with examples and exercises. It also includes an introduction to...
12 Sep 2019 | Modeling Scenarios | Contributor(s):: Rob Krueger, Eric Stachura
Students will investigate difference equations through the context of tiling hallways. Students will observe patterns in the tiling which will lead to a difference equation model. Solutions will be calculated by iteration. Then students will be introduced to the concept of the shift...
02 Sep 2019 | Modeling Scenarios | Contributor(s):: Jeff Pettit
Students perform experiments to model spread of information within a population. Students collect data, determine essential components and parameters and build a mathematical model which can be compared to predicted data, measured data, and modeled data. Part 3 can require students to move from...
01 Sep 2019 | Modeling Scenarios | Contributor(s):: Kurt Bryan
This project uses very basic physics, Newton's Second Law of Motion, to model the motion of a sprinter running down a track. The model is driven by data from the world record race of Usain Bolt in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. In particular, we derive the classic Hill-Keller model for a...
31 Aug 2019 | Modeling Scenarios | Contributor(s):: Bill Skerbitz
Students employ randomization in order to create a simulation of the spread of a viral disease in a population (the classroom). Students then use qualitative analysis of the expected behavior of the virus to devise a logistic differential equation. Finally, students solve the...