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05/30/05Welcome to Week 10 -- Project Presentation Week. For the Week 10 schedule see the Project Presentation Signup Form. Here are a few things that you need to have ready by the end of the week.
- If you are doing a two credit project you will be giving a 25 minute presentation
and submitting a 10 page paper (double spaced). The due date for the paper is Thursday June 2nd.
See the Project Information Handout for more information about the criteria for the paper.
- If you are doing a four credit project you will be giving a 45 minute presentation and
either submitting a 20 page paper (double spaced), or a project portfolio, whichever we discussed.
- I would like you all to hand in a portfoio of your work from this quarter by Thursday June 2nd also.
The portfolio will include all homework assignments, tests, seminar passes and project notes. I will also look at
your NetLogo files, but you do not need to include these in your portfolio. If you have
done any other work you would like me to look at, include this also.
- Please hand in a rough-draft of your self-evaluation with your portfolio.
- Signup for an evaluation on the Evaluation Signup Form.
- Bring a final draft of your self-evaluation, and a faculty evaluation with you to your conference.
05/26/05Here you go -- enjoy the sun! Mathematical Biology Test 2
05/25/05Better late than never: Non-Linear Dynamics Test 2
05/20/05Please signup for presentation time on the Project Presentation Signup Form. If you are doing a half hour presentation (Math Origins students), Signup for Tuesday or Thursday morning. If you are doing a forty five minute presentation please signup on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning. I'd like all students to come to the presentations -- even if you are not presenting . The presentations will be peer evaluated and I consider your feedback to be important when writing evaluations.
05/19/05Sorry about the missed class. Here are some changes to next week's schedule that I had hoped to announce in class:
- There will be no seminar on Monday.
I will meet with students who missed their project meetings with me instead.
- There will be no in-class tests next week. On Wednesday and Thursday I will finish up
with a bit of material that I didn't get to this week and will devote the rest of the
time to review for the take-home tests.
- I will post a signup list for project presentations by tomorrow. These will be
on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Week 10. Those of you presenting on Tuesday should be aware
that the take-home tests are also due that day so please start preparing now!
- Adam is sick today so cannot run the Netlogo tutorial. He will help remotely via email.
Contact him at
05/18/05Here is a link to a simulation of the Chaotic Waterwheel
05/10/05I have posted the phylogenetic tree worksheet in the worksheets section of the website. This is due for homework this Thursday.
04/22/05I have posted the take-home tests in the worksheets section of the website for those who would like a second look at these tests.
04/019/05Recall that there are tests this week. You may bring one page of notes to the in-class test.
For Non-Linear Dynamics: Wednesday, April 20th.
- Ch 3: Bifurcations: Find fixed points, check stability, recognize and sketch
bifurcation diagrams, non-dimensionalize a differetial equation, sketch stability diagrams for imperfect
bifurcations and recognize catastrophes
- Ch 4: Flows on the Circle: Find fixed points, check stability and sketch bifurcation diagrams
for flows on a circle.
For Discrete Mathematical Biology: Thursday, April 21st.
- Ch 1: Difference Equations: Linear and Non-Linear Models. Find Equilibria and check stability
with linearization. Draw cob web diagrams and understand their link
to stability. Understand the logistic model and its limitations. Describe
the route to chaos.
- Ch 2: Linear Systems and Matrix Models: Create matrix models, such as forest succession models, Usher and
Leslie models. Use matrix algebra (multiplication,
inverse, eigenvalues and eigenvectors) to predict long term behviour of linear systems.