# MATH/AMSC 420 Description and Prerequisites

** MATH/AMSC 420,
Mathematical Modeling (3 credits) **
The course will develop skills in mathematical modeling
through practical experience. Students will work in groups
on specific projects involving real-life problems that are
accessible to their existing mathematical backgrounds.
In addition to the development of mathematical models,
effective oral and written presentation of the results will
be emphasized.

## * Course Prerequisites *

- MATH 241 (Calculus III) or its equivalent;
- MATH 240 or 461 (Linear Algebra) or their equivalent;
- STAT 400 (Probabibity) or its equivalent.

## * More Details *

This course teaches mathematical modeling as a process, not as a
collection of techniques. Students will work in groups on projects
motivated by real-life problems. They will, with the aid of the
instructor, complete the entire process including:

- formulating and refining mathematical models;
- mathematical, statistical, and computational analysis of models;
- oral and written presentation of the results.

Some background in linear algebra, ordinary differential equations,
basic probability and statistics, and computational methods is
expected. Additional mathematics will be introduced as dictated
by the projects. Mathematical techniques discussed will be
motivated by problems from areas such as physics, biology,
economics, etc.