Mathematical Modelling II
Cod: 23032
Department: DCET
ECTS: 10
Scientific area: Mathematics
Total working hours: 260
Total contact time: 10

This curricular unit (CU) aims at providing experience and competencies in converting real-world problems into mathematical equations, in particular, the formulation of problems resulting in partial differential equations.

Mathematical modelling
Differential Equations
Well-Posed Problems

- be able to formulate a well-posed system of equations from a physical problem;
- be aware of the importance and effects of boundary conditions;
- be familiar with common techniques for simplifying PDEs, for example, separation of variables, similarity
solutions, which result in ODEs, as well as the numerical solution using octave/matlab.
- analyse the resulting equations to find useful properties and solutions;
- interpret properties and solutions in terms of the behaviour of the original problem.

  1. Formulation of well-posed problems, classification of PDEs into elliptic, hypobolic, or parabolic systems, importance of boundary conditions.
  2. Interpretation of mechanical concepts, e.g. conservation of energy and momentum, damping, forcing, steady-states and equilibria, stability in physical systems.
  3. Interpretation, consideration of approximations, accuracy of equations, generalisation of problems, solvability, numerical solutions, e.g. through the use of octave/matlab.
  4. Examples will be taken from (but not limited to) mechanics, mathematical biology, physical and/or chemical systems, traffic flow, reaction-diffusion equations, pattern-formation, coagulation-fragmentation problems, spread of disease, tomography, fluid flow.

- Fulford, Broadbridge: Industrial mathematics, Cambridge UP, 2002
- Howison: Practical applied mathematics: modelling, analysis, approximation, Cambridge UP, 2005
- Tayler: Mathematical models in applied mechanics, Oxford UP, 2001


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