Lecture 1; Math 636

Math Modeling

1. Discovery and exploitation of mathematical structures in phenomena

2. Theoretical science

3. The art of crafting mathematics to match measurements

ÒMathematics is a languageÓ – J.W. Gibbs (1st US
scientist of world renown; 1839-1903)

Iterative process – expand domain / improve accuracy

What constitutes Ògood enoughÓ in any area is strongly dependent on prior art

Math structures on a set

graph

function(s) § Most important

group

vector space

topology

metric space

topological vector space

measure

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More modern models not so easily identified with a structure on a set

games

automata

information

The new feature seems to be the notion of ÒagentÓ.

Models can be

static – dynamic

deterministic – stochastic

discrete – continuous

robust – fragile

natural – ad hoc

Two hat model of a modeler: work in pairs (groups?).

Learn to speak mathematics and applications.

Variables vs. parameters