First Course in Mathematical Modeling

ISBN-10: 0495011592
ISBN-13: 9780495011590
Edition: 4th 2009
List price: $400.95
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Description: Offering a solid introduction to the entire modeling process, A FIRST COURSE IN MATHEMATICAL MODELING, 4th Edition delivers an excellent balance of theory and practice, and gives you relevant, hands-on experience developing and sharpening your  More...

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Book details

List price: $400.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 7/3/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 640
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

Offering a solid introduction to the entire modeling process, A FIRST COURSE IN MATHEMATICAL MODELING, 4th Edition delivers an excellent balance of theory and practice, and gives you relevant, hands-on experience developing and sharpening your modeling skills. Throughout, the book emphasizes key facets of modeling, including creative and empirical model construction, model analysis, and model research, and provides myriad opportunities for practice. The authors apply a proven six-step problem-solving process to enhance your problem-solving capabilities -- whatever your level. In addition, rather than simply emphasizing the calculation step, the authors first help you learn how to identify problems, construct or select models, and figure out what data needs to be collected. By involving you in the mathematical process as early as possible -- beginning with short projects -- this text facilitates your progressive development and confidence in mathematics and modeling.

William P. Fox is a professor in the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Previously; he was an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor of operations research while serving in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy (USMA) for more than 12 years. He also served as the Chair of Mathematics at Francis Marion University for eight years before coming to the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Fox has taught a variety of mathematics courses in his career, and his areas of interest include mathematical modeling, optimization, statistics, and simulations. He holds his undergraduate degree from USMA, a master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Ph.D. from Clemson University.

Modeling Change
The Modeling Process, Proportionality, and Geometric Similarity
Model Fitting
Experimental Modeling
Simulation Modeling
Discrete Probabilistic Modeling
Optimization of Discrete Models
Modeling With Graph Theory
Dimensional Analysis and Similitude
Graphs of Functions as Models
Modeling With a Differential Equation
Modeling With Systems of Differential Equations
Optimization of Continuous Modeling
Problems from the Mathematics Contest in Modeling, 1985-2007
An Elevator Simulation Model
The Revised Simplex Method
Brief Review of Integration Techniques

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