Mathematical modelling and problem solving

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DAT026/DIT992/LGMA65 Mathematical Modelling and Problem Solving


Dag Wedelin

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Robin Adams



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Course objective

Mathematical models are used in science and engineering to describe and represent different objects and systems, to analyze, understand and predict, and for finding the best design or strategy. Mathematical modelling is therefore a basic engineering skill.

With carefully selected exercises this course teaches mathematical modelling as a tool for solving real problems. Problems are taken from computing and traditional engineering disciplines, as well as from other areas, such as economy, medicine and games.

The course is primarily intended as an introduction to mathematical modelling for students with limited experience in the use of mathematics in engineering, but which may come to work in different areas where mathematics is useful. With application oriented exercises, and by teaching modelling and problem solving, the course then bridges the gap between the theoretical courses in mathematics and relevant applications.



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Plan of teaching activities

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Examination including compulsory elements

The course is examined through written assignments and a final report, where the students are encouraged to summarize the course in their own way. Additionally, the course includes compulsory follow-up lectures for each modules, and during the examination week there is also compulsory final meeting where the report is discussed. Both the weekly assignments and the final report are normally done in groups of two.

Changes since last iteration

  • Courses DAT026, DIT992 and LGMA65 will run simultaneously.
  • Students will be given one week to work on just the "Bouncing Balls" problem, instead of working on it gradually throughout the course.