MA 342

The goal of the course is to gain skill implementing given mathematical models and adapting those models to suit our own needs. The course, obviously, is heavily computational. Most equations arising in the class will not be explicitly solvable and will need to be solved numerically. Students should expect to learn or gain experience with MATLAB or Octave, and possibly with other programming languages as the situation dictates.



Nearly all classes will be spent working on projects. Typical projects will consist of implementing a mathematical model of phenomena of current scientific interest. In previous years, topics have included:

  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Climate Modeling
  • Heat transfer and wave propogation
  • Portfolio Selection
  • Pharmakokenitics


Topics for this quarter will include some of the topics listed above, plus possibly one or two different topics.