Introductory Modeling:

Applications From Across The Sciences


Ever wondered what modeling is all about? What are models and how are they created? What are they used for and how well do they predict? If you want answers to any of these questions, then this course is for you! You will see how mathematical expressions (the model) can be used to describe changes in the world around us. Solving these models usually requires methods from advanced mathematics courses, but we will use the software Mathematica to do the necessary computations. Neither prior knowledge of Mathematica nor Calculus is needed to take this course. Here are some examples of models that will be discussed:


Smog in LA

Population Growth

Spread of Infectious Diseases

Social Group Behavior


Price Adjustment in Markets

Fisheries Management

Predator/Prey Interactions


If you have any questions or comments, please contact

Dr. Silvia Heubach

California State University, Los Angeles

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90032-8204


Phone : (323) 343-2158 (X-2150 main office), (fax)323-343-5071

This project was supported in part by the

National Science Foundation

Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation

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