Thinking | Problem assignments
Exams and quizzes | 30% |
Writing | See note above. | 30% |
Speaking | Class discussion
Formal presentations | 20% |
Participation Portfolio | A ring binder with dividers
| 20% |
Extra credit | Special opportunities will be announced. |
Week | Elementary Mathematical Models | Introduction to Difference Equations | The Future of Everything | Writing | Other |
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1 | 1. Overview | 0. Introduction 1.1, 1.3 | Writing sample | Making the most of college | |
2 | 2. Difference equations | 1.2 Higher differences 2.1 Basic definitions | Introduction | Forecast | Axiology |
3 | 3. Arithmetic growth 4. Linear models | 1. Slings and arrows
The beginnings of prediction | Writing math | GAC values | |
4 | 5. Quadratic growth models | 2. Let there be light
Tycho Brahe and the model makers | Writing exercises | Nobel preview | |
5 | Quiz 1, Monday
EMM Chapters 1-5 | Writing exercises
Portfolios due | Nobel Conference
Oct. 6-7 | ||
6 | 8. Fitting a line to data
9. Geometric growth | 3. Divide and conquer
The gospel of deterministic science | Nobel report draft | ||
7 | 10. Exponential Functions
11. Logarithms (pp. 233-236) Quiz 2, EMM 8-11, Friday | 4. Red sky at night
Predicting the weather | Nobel report
Portfolios due Start Malthus | Library resources | |
8 | 12. Geometric sums and mixed models | 2.4 y_{k+1}=Ay_{k}+B | Reading Days
Oct. 26-27 | ||
9 | Ch. 3-parts
Second-order LDE wcc | 5. It's in the genes
Predicting our health | IEX registration | ||
10 | Ch. 3-parts
Linear difference equations | 6. Bulls and bears
Predicting our economy | Malthus drafts Math/CS models | Registration conferences
Presenting models | |
11 | 13. Logistic growth
14. Chaos in logistic models | 7. The big picture
How weather, health, and wealth are related | Malthus reports | Registration conferences | |
12 | Quiz 3
Ch. 3: Second-order equations | Portfolios due | Thanksgiving break | ||
13 | 8. Back to the drawing board: Figuring out where we went wrong | Work on projects | |||
14 | 9. Consulting the crystal ball
Our world in 2100 | Oral project reports | |||
15 | Oral project reports | ||||
16 | Written project reports due | Final exam day |