14 Oct 2019 | Modeling Scenarios | Contributor(s):: Kimberly Spayd, James Puckett
This project guides students through experimental, analytical, and numerical techniques for understanding the heat (diffusion) equation with nonhomogeneous boundary conditions. In particular, students collect data and model a physical scenario in which heat energy diffuses through a long, thin...
07 Oct 2019 | Modeling Scenarios | Contributor(s):: Sarah Elizabeth Ritchey Patterson, Blain Patterson
In the end of the “Avengers Infinity War,” the villain Thanos snaps his fingers and turns half of all living creatures to dust with the hope of restoring balance to the natural world. How does this affect the long term behavior of various species? Investigate the validity of his...
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...