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Introduction to Applied Mathematics
INTRO APP MATH
CLASS CODE: MATH 281 CREDITS:  3 FEE:  $30.00
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: MATHEMATICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Mathematical modeling concepts applied to areas such as biology, physics, chemistry, game theory, and economics. May include guest lecture, field trips, and interdisciplinary projects.
TAUGHT: Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS:
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Understand the modeling process (creating, implementing, verifying and refining).
2. Find the regression curve for a set of data and use it to make predictions.
3. Use matrices to model natural phenomena and use the model to gain insight into the phenomena.
4. Create and analyze difference equation models of natural phenomena.
5. Know the basic vocabulary of graph theory and create algorithms for important graph theory processes.
6. Understand the use of simulation in modeling natural phenomena.
7. Analyze the complexity of simple algorithms.
8. See the connection between mathematical models and the corresponding natural phenomena.
REQUIREMENTS: Attendance is required.
Students are required to purchase their own calculator.
There will be a reasonable fee required for field trips and lab equipment.
Homework and individual and group projects will be required.
PREREQUISITES: Math 112 or Math 119
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2003