Final Project Guidelines
AMATH 383, Autumn 2009
Course Projects
A major feature of this introductory mathematical modeling course is that students develop course
projects and write term papers on those projects. The purpose of the project is that you obtain some
handson experience how to tackle a mathematical modeling problem. These term papers are to be
turned in as hard copy on
Friday, December 11 in class
.
Please do not worry about this project excessively. I understand that this is the Frst such experience
for most of you. If you cannot come up with anything special, reviewing some models or papers written
by other scientists is acceptable. Some general remarks:
1. The project should be a problem of interest to you and one that is fun for you to investigate.
It could be either a topic of your imagination, something that you have seen in other classes or
you have found in text books or papers.
2. It should involve the mathematical techniques that you have studied in this class and may also
go beyond these. However, it is alright to choose a rather ”easy” topic in order to be able to
present it in a concise and selfcontained paper.
3. It would be nice if it contains the basic aspects of going from the real world problem to a reduced
model, its mathematical description, as well as the analytical or numerical solution and Fnally
its interpretation with respect to the real world.
4. It is expected that you will have to use the library and identify some relevant references in books
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 Spring '08
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 Math, Calculus, term papers

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