Math 396: SYLLABUS 
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Course Objectives This course is designed to provide students with exposure to and the experience of the mathematical modeling of realworld phenomena by

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Description: This course is a projectoriented seminar in mathematical modeling. Concepts from calculus, linear algebra, differential equations and other areas of mathematics will be used to derive, describe and solve mathematical models from the life, physical, and social sciences. Familiarity with a programming language is desirable but not required. The goal of this course is to provide students with multiple examples of how mathematics can be used to explain various phenomena, to describe realworld situations and to make (more quantitatively) informed decisions. 
Class Structure: All instruction will occur remotely via videoconference. The first half of the semester will consist of class sessions where mathematical content is presented in the form of mathematical modeling techniques and examples of specific types of models used in various disciplines and context. Written assessment of the understanding of the concepts and mathematics will be done and students will hand in responses by scanning in written solutions and uploading PDFs in the Math 396 Spring 2021 Google Drive at https://tinyurl.com/Math396Drive. The example models will include differential equationbased models used in modeling COVID19 and/or cinematic boxoffice dynamics, probabilistic models used in economics to describe racial discrimination, discrete/network models used to describe social networks and a machine learning model. In the second half of the semester students will be expected to work together in small permanent groups to analyze a selected mathematical model and produce an implementation of their own which answers a question they have devised. 
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Last Updated: January 21, 2021