Mathematical modeling is central to harnessing the power of mathematics in the generation of new scientific knowledge. Students will work in teams to model biological or physical scenarios using systems of differential equations. Students will learn to conduct literature searches, pose and refine research questions, use standard mathematical models, identify which models are applicable to a given research question, modify standard models to novel situations, communicate each of these effectively in writing, and work effectively in a team. A final project will require students to create a polished research article presenting their models. A significant portion of this course will focus on developing fluency in scientific writing.

Offered Spring Term in alternate years.

Prerequisites: MATH 251, or MATH 122 and MATH 214