Mathematics 178

Mathematical Modeling

Course Code: 48854

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00-13:15 in MH 222

Office: 207 MacQuarrie Hall

Phone: 924-5081

Office Hours: Tuesdays: 1:15 - 2:15pm.

Prerequisite: *Math 129A* or instructor consent.

- No need to purchase the book. It is online from MLK library and can also be found at Canvas.
- We shall cover most of the topics from the first five chapters and some selected topics from the remaining chapters.
- We shall cover topics from other books and articles that are freely available on the internet.
- I shall also have my own slides (for some of the chapters) that I will upload (6 slides per page) on Canvas, for the students enrolled in the class.

- read mathematical modeling papers
- analyze mathematical models
- critically judge the assumptions and the contributions of mathematical models whenever encountered in their research
- develop a mathematical model, i.e. to choose an appropriate mathematical structure
- get conceptual insight into interesting biological questions
- appreciate the beauty of mathematics (as a tool for tackling problems that stem from biology)

**Dual Role of MH222: Lecture/Lab**

MH222 will be used as a dual purpose room. It can be a regular lecture room or it can be a computer laboratory for hands-on exercises.

**Lecture Mode:**This is when MH222 is used as a regular lecture room. Students are expected to listen and follow the lecture. Be considerate to your classmates and follow the lecture. Do not use the computer and/or talk to your neighbor.

**Lab Mode:**This is when MH222 is used as a computer lab. Use the computers and share your ideas and solutions with your classmates.

We shall alternate between the two modes. A typical class will begin with a lecture (Lecture Mode) followed by a hands-on (Lab Mode).**Hands-On Exercises:**

We will have a number of hands-on exercises. The purpose of the hands-on exercises is to develop your understanding of the material and your skills in problem-solving. You will be asked to come to the front of the class and to go through your solutions and share them with (explain them to) the rest of the class. Very often, you will be asked to finish the hands-on exercises at home and they will be graded as part of the homework.

**Homework:**

Five homework assignments. The purpose of the assignments (as was the case with the Hands-On exercises) is to further develop your understanding of the material and your skills in problem-solving. Only a subset of the assigned problems on any given problem set will be graded. No late homework will be accepted. However, under exceptional circumstances, one problem set per student might be accepted late. It will need to be handed in prior to the following class meeting and will be graded with 30% off. Such an extension should be requested from the instructor. Assignments are due in the beginning of the lecture on the following dates:

- HW One due on Thursday, September 11, 2014.
- HW Two due on Thursday, October 2, 2014.
- HW Three due on Thursday, October 16, 2014.
- HW Four due on Thursday, November 6, 2014.
- HW Five due on Thursday, November 20, 2014.

**Exams:**

Exam One: Thursday, October 9, 2014.

Exam Two: Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Final Exam: Thursday, December 18, 2014, from 9:45 to 12:00pm.Exam One and Exam Two are each one hour and fifteen minutes long. All exams are in-class, closed-book and comprehensive. You will get back your exams within one week at which time we'll go over them in class. Exams will be collected and kept with me. There will be no make-up exams.

Class attendance is strongly encouraged. In class, we shall cover many topics and examples that are neither in the class notes nor in the textbook. If you miss a lecture, it is your responsibility to find out what was covered in class (this includes: handouts given out during your absence, corrected typos and errors, examples discussed in class - that are neither in the book nor in the notes - clarifications and changes made to the project, the hands-on exercises, etc...).

The final grade will be computed as shown below:

Hands-On: 20%

Homework: 20%

Exam One: 20%

Exam Two: 20%

Final: 20%

[97, 100] A+

[93, 97) A

[90, 93) A-

[87, 90) B+

[82, 87) B

[80, 82) B-

[77, 80) C+

[72, 77) C

[70, 72) C-

[67, 70) D+

[62, 67) D

[60, 62) D-

[0, 60) F

**Add/Drop Policy**

For those wishing to add this course, the deadline is September 9, 2014.
The last day to drop with a full refund is September 2, 2014.
According to University and Department guidelines, dropping after
September 2, 2014, requires a serious and compelling
reason to drop a course.
Grades alone do not constitute reason to drop a course.
Students who stop attending without officially dropping will
be issued a U at the end of the semester which is counted as
an F in calculations of GPA.

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures
about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's
Catalog Policies section at
http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/policies.html. Add/drop deadlines can
be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic
Calendars webpage at
http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/services/academic_calendars/. The Late Drop
Policy is available at
http://www.sjsu.edu/aars/policies/latedrops/policy/. Students should be
aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.
Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising
Hub at http://www.sjsu.edu/advising/.

**Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor
Material**

University Policy S12-7, http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S12-7.pdf,
requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course.
Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify
someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's
permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such
permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study
purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the
instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute
the material.

Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property
of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval.
You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for
this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, hands-on exercises or
homework solutions without instructor consent.

**Academic Integrity**

Your commitment as a student to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy S07-2 at http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S07-2.pdf requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/studentconduct/. Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Cheating on exams or plagiarism (presenting the work of another as your own, or the use of another person's ideas without giving proper credit) will result in a failing grade and sanctions by the University. For this class, all assignments are to be completed by the individual student unless otherwise specified. If you would like to include your assignment or any material you have submitted, or plan to submit for another class, please note that SJSU's Academic Integrity Policy S07-2 requires approval of instructors.

- Anyone caught cheating (including copying the work of others) on any assignment in the class will receive a failing grade for the assignment, in addition to other sanctions that are permitted by the University, including but not limited to the filing of a report with the Dean of Student Services and expulsion from the University.

**Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act**

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability,
or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be
evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see
me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at
http://www.sjsu.edu/president/docs/directives/PD_1997-03.pdf requires that
students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with
the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at http://www.sjsu.edu/aec to
establish a record of their disability.

In 2013, the Disability Resource Center changed its name to be known
as
the Accessible Education Center, to incorporate a philosophy of accessible
education for students with disabilities. The new name change reflects
the broad scope of attention and support to SJSU students with
disabilities and the University's continued advocacy and commitment to
increasing accessibility and inclusivity on campus.