This unit builds on first year mathematical units and is designed to provide an overview of the modelling process; including problem identification, factors and assumptions, formulation and solution, interpretation comparison of results with original problem. The unit also explores setting up models and the interpretation of mathematical models as well as interpolation, extrapolation, spectral decomposition and fitting models to data. Applications of continuous models via differential equations and data fitting, discrete versus continuous modelling and discrete/continuous combinations with examples of general interest in a variety of fields, are other topics explored in this unit.
This is a core unit in a stream that will allow students to undertake a qualification to become a registered teacher.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Bender, E. A. (2003), Introduction to Mathematical Modelling, Dover Publications Inc., New York
This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.