Syllabus: MAT 411-01 Mathematical Modeling. Spring 2013

In this course we will practice using math as a tool to learn about practical problems. Our textbook emphasizes problems that arise in the management of natural resources. Statistics and software-based simulations play important roles.


A Course in Mathematical Modeling by Douglas Mooney and Randall Smith. Mathematical Association of America, 1999.

Free Software Tools


MAT 211, MAT 271, and a computer programming course such as MAT 241 or CSC 121 or CSC 111

Learning Outcomes

Please see the Math Department Syllabus

Computer skills

We will use free computer software as a labor-saving tool for making tables, graphing, computing statistics, solving differential equations, etc. I'll show you how to use Google's free spreadsheet and the free Sage computer algebra system. One can access these tools on the web where using an ordinary web browser. I'll show you how to use them.

Grading Policy

Grades are based on homework and projects, one midterm exam, and a final exam:

Attendance Requirements

I rarely take attendance but we will be doing work in class and some group projects so do come to class and participate. Students who miss class frequently almost never do well.

Policy on Due Dates and Make-Up Work

I don't plan to accept late work.

Assignments, Exams, etc.

Please see the course calendar (see link above), and check back at least once a week for updates.

Academic Integrity

The mathematics department does not tolerate cheating. Students who have questions or concerns about academic integrity should ask their professors or the counselors in the Student Development Office, or refer to the University Catalog for more information. (Look in the index under "academic integrity".)

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities

Cal State Dominguez Hills adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students with temporary and permanent disabilities. If you have a disability that may adversely affect your work in this class, I encourage you to register with Disabled Student Services (DSS) and to talk with me about how I can best help you. All disclosures of disabilities will be kept strictly confidential. Please note: no accommodation may be made until you register with the DSS in WH B250. For information call (310) 243-3660 or to use telecommunications Device for the Deaf, call (310) 243-2028.