|Instructor: Professor Junping Shi|
|Office: Jones Hall 122|
|Office Hour: T,Th 11-12, W 3-4 or by appointment|
We have a course webpage with tons of extra material, including java applets graphing the solutions, animations, background of many models, online tutorial of differential equations. All quizzes, test answer keys and practice tests will be available at the section website, also the answers to even number homework problems. Check the section website at least once a week for new course information. A lot of files are available in Adobe Acrobet (pdf) format. If you do not know how to view or print these files, please ask your instructor or computer lab assistant for help.
Meeting Times and places: T, Th 3:30-4:50pm, Small 152.
Textbook: The material will come from a lot of
different sources, but mainly two books:
Essential Mathematical Biology, By Nicholas F. Britton, Springer-Verlag, London, (2003).
Lectures notes on reaction-diffusion models, By Junping Shi. (copies will be available as handouts)
Computer and Calculators: Computer demonstrations will be given in classes sometime, and browsing differential equations related webpages is a fun thing to do and is necessary for your success in this course. Computer software Maple and Matlab will be used in some homework assignments and in your semester project. Maple and Matlab are available on all university Windows network computers, please visit webpage http://www.wm.edu/IT/labs/ for lab information. Graphing calculator is not necessary for this course, though a simple scientific calculator may be useful for some numerical calculations occationally.
Tests and Final Exam: We will have one take-home exam during the semester. The test accounts for 20 points in the semester grade. You will have one week for the take-home test.
Homework: Homework will be assigned for some lectures (the list will be available from course webpage) and will be collected every two or three weeks. Not all problems will be graded, but all answer keys will be given to you on the website. It is your responsibility to check your answers and make sure you do them correctly. No late homework will be accepted for any reason.
Project and Presentation: Two projects will be assigned
during the semester. In each project, you will be assigned to some
reading material, and you need to present the material in class. The
presentation is about 30-45 minutes. Some projects may require you to
perform some calculations and simulations. You can choose to work
individually, or in a group of two (collaborating on two projects). A
variety of topics will be selected by Prof. Shi, and you can choose
your favarite ones. You will also write a short paper based on your one
or two presentations.