Professor: Jeff Blanchard, Noyce 2516, 269-3304, blanchaj (at) grinnell.edu
Text: There is no assigned text for this course. Lecture notes will be posted on P-web as needed. The library has a large collection of text books on mathematical modeling.
This course is focused on all aspects of mathematical modeling from problem identification through communication of the results. The learning goals for this course are:
- acquire proficiency in mathematical modeling including model development, analysis, implementation, interpretation, and verification;
- improve technical writing skills for a variety of audiences;
- improve technical and quantitative communication, especially in the form of oral presentation;
- improve skills for acquiring and interpreting technical and quantitative knowledge;
- improve skills required for working with a diverse group of individuals.
Homework will be posted on Pioneerweb. A subset of the problems will be graded. You are free to work with your peers on homework assignments, but all students must submit an individual assignment of their own work and credit any assistance they recieved in completing the assignment. If you use the computer extensively for your homework assignment, you should include this in the document you submit.
The main focus of this course is the four (or five) projects. These will be completed by a group assigned by the instructor. One grade will be given to the project based on three components: the exectuive summary (20%), the technical report (60%), and the presentation (20%). Each student in a group will assign a set of 100 points across the members of the group resulting in a peer assesment score. The grade given to individuals will be based on the peer assesment and the overall project score. There will be no extensions of the project deadlines for individual groups.
Presentations may take place during class or outside of class at the instructors discretion. To receive the 20% of the project grade, each student in the group must present a portion of the presentation. The presentations will be approximately 7 minutes in length followed a question and answer period. The answers given to the questions will be considered in the grade assigned to the presentation.Class Participation:
Much of this course will be based on discussion and group activity. Therefore, it is imperative that you attend and actively participate in the class. In addition to reducing the participation portion of the course grade, students with more than three absences may have their final letter grade reduced. It is also important that class begins on time; students who are tardy on multiple occasions will have the participation grade lowered.
Absences recognized by the college (athletics, performance, religious observation, etc.) must be coordinated prior to the class period in order to make arrangements for the missed homework or exams. This coordination must be done in person prior to the absence. Refer also to Class Participation in this document.
All students must be aware of and comply with the Grinnell College Academic Honesty policy.
In this course students may collaborate on homework assignments provided they submit their own work and identify their collaborators. Any resource (other textbooks or online) must be cited. It is expressly forbidden to look for solutions online, in textbooks, or from other students. It is also an academic honesty violation to solicit assistance from any online forum.
Group projects are clearly a collaborative effort; all students should participate. Substantial imbalance of effort or contribution should be noted in the peer assessments. In this course it is academically dishonest to falsely represent a student's participation in a project, including your own contribution or effort.
Absences recognized by the college (athletics, performance, religious observation, etc.) must be coordinated prior to the class period in order to make arrangements for the missed homework or exams. This coordination must be done in person prior to the absence.
If you are in need of specific learning accommodations, please meet with me early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. If you have not already done so, you will need to provide documentation to and discuss your needs with the Coordinator for Student Disability Resources, John Hirschman (hirschma), located on the 3rd floor of the 3rd floor of Goodnow Hall (x3089).
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