MS 350 - Mathematical Modeling
Professor: Erich Friedman
About the course: We will meet every MWF at 1:30 in Elizabeth
206. There is no text for this course. There is no fixed syllabus, but topics of the
course may include the basics of modeling, optimization models, statistical models,
dynamic models, spatial models, and stochastic models. You will be expected to
contribute to the class discussion, do occasional projects, including a final project
and class presentation. Occasionally, we will branch off and talk about models that
do not fit into one of the many categories above. Hopefully this will convince you
that modeling is creative and non-linear.
About me: My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. My web page can be found at http://www.stetson.edu/~efriedma/. My office is
Elizabeth 214-2. My office hours this semester are:
This means that I am always in my office during these times, and you can drop by
without an appointment. If you cannot make my regularly scheduled hours, let me know
and we can set up another time to talk. Please come by if you need help, or if you
just want to chat. You will soon see that my lecture style is informal. I will be
calling you by your first name (or a nickname if you prefer), so please call me
- Monday 2:30 - 3:30
- Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00
- Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 and 2:30 - 3:30
- Friday 2:30 - 3:30
About you: You should have some computer programming experience.
You should have at least MS 201 and MS 202, and the more math you have had the better,
as this class has some overlap with MS 203, MS 316, MS 371, and MS 372. Please be
respectful of both me and your classmates. This means coming to class on time and
not socializing in class. Cheating will not be tolerated.
About your grade:
Class Participation is an important part of this course. We will be
discussing models and ways to approach them or improve them, and more suggestions
and criticisms will make better models. Note that it is hard to participate if you
do not come to class. Participation will be 1/6 of your grade.
Homework will be rarely be assigned, but when it is, it will be
collected and graded the next class period. Failure to do this homework will result
in severe injury.
Small Projects will be assigned every week or two, due a week or
two later. These projects will allow you to practice modeling techniques we are
discussing in class. You should hand in a written report (usually a couple pages) by
the due date. Please explain your work well - getting the "right" answer is
not enough. You may work on these projects in groups subject to the following rule:
you may not work with the same person twice. A group only needs to hand in one copy
of the project. Together, the projects will comprise 1/2 of your grade.
The Final Project in the course will be longer, and will be done
individually. I will suggest a list of possible projects, but I am willing to
listen to other ideas you may have. During the last three weeks of class, you will
give an oral presentation of your project. The presentation, including questions
from the audience, should last 20 minutes. Computer demonstrations and results are
encouraged. The entire department will be invited to attend. You are encouraged
to give your final project presentation as part of the Math/CS Seminar. You should
also hand in a written report. The oral presentation and the written report are each
worth 1/6 of your final grade.