Math 321 - Introduction to Applied Mathematics

This page merges details from the Fall 2004 semester with general information about the course because a general course page was created only after the end of the course. The general information will appear in both places since it would be troublesome to remove it from this page without leaving obvious gaps.


Richard Haberman; Mathematical Models: Mechanical Vibrations, Population Dynamics, and Traffic Flow; S. I. A. M. 1998 (402 pp.); (ISBN# 0-89871-408-7)

Plan for course

It is intended to cover the whole book.  This requires a sustained pace of 4 or 5 sections per lecture. This seems unrealistic, so some details will need to be skipped.

The course aims to introduce students to the art of building and refining mathematical models. This is also the main theme of the exercises in the textbook, which will be used as a framework for class discussion. However, this noble aim is difficult to measure, so exams will concentrate on mathematical techniques. To practice these current techniques, there will be a quiz in each class (unless there is an exam scheduled for that date).

Fall 2004 Information

The instructor is Prof. Bumby (follow this link for home page). Contact information and office hours can be found on his home page.


Useful fragments that are relevant to the course will be linked to this section.

Lecture details


The aim is to have an hour exam at the end of the first two Parts of the textbook. The first exam is now definitely scheduled for Wednesday, October 6 (originally planned for Monday, October 4, but postponed by popular request). The date for the second exam is now definitely scheduled for Monday, November 8 (originally planned for Wednesday, November 3, but postponed by popular request). The final exam (scheduled for Thursday, December 16, 8 - 11 AM in SEC-220, and not subject to change) will cover the entire course, revisiting the first two parts and relating them to the third part. Extra weight will be given to the third part. All questions should look familiar, but sloppiness in previous versions should have been cleaned up, and details may be modified.

The final exam has been graded and course grades submitted. You can get your grade from the FAS Gradebook.

Page started by RT Bumby on August 30, 2004
Last revised by RT Bumby on September 06, 2006