Mathematical Modelling Basics

How do populations grow? How do viruses spread? What is the trajectory of a glider? Many real-life problems can be described and solved by mathematical models.

This course will introduce you to the modelling cycle which includes: analyzing a problem, formulating it as a mathematical model, calculating solutions and validating your results.

All models are (systems of) ordinary differential equations, and you will learn more about those by watching videos and reading short texts, and more importantly, by completing well-crafted exercises.

You will learn how to implement Euler’s method in a (Python) program, and finally, you will learn how to write about your findings in a scientific way (with LaTeX).

In the verified track of this course you will additionally:

  • Consolidate the new theoretical skills with graded problem sets about five real-life applications.
  • Work on your own modelling project (individually or in a team). Because mathematical modelling is only learned by doing it yourself, you complete your own modelling project on a self-defined real-life problem. You will be guided through the project by completing a list of smaller tasks.

This course is aimed at Bachelor students from Mathematics, Engineering and Science disciplines.

The course is for anyone who would to use mathematical modelling for solving real world problems, including business owners, researchers and students.

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Starts Jan 22 (yesterday)
Cost $50
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Instructors Marleen Keijzer, Dennis den Ouden-van der Horst, Iris Smit, Kees Vuik
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Language English
Subjects Programming Mathematics
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Rating Not enough ratings
Length 9 weeks
Effort 4 - 8 hours per week
Starts Jan 22 (yesterday)
Cost $50
From Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), DelftX via edX
Instructors Marleen Keijzer, Dennis den Ouden-van der Horst, Iris Smit, Kees Vuik
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Programming Mathematics
Tags Computer Science Math Engineering