MATH3041 Mathematical Modelling for Real World Systems

MATH3041 is a Mathematics Level III course. See the course overview below.

Units of credit: 6

Prerequisites: 12 units of credit in Level 2 Maths courses.

Exclusions: MATH2140

Cycle of offering: Yearly in Semester 1.

Graduate attributes: The course will enhance your research, inquiry and analytical thinking abilities.

More information: 

This recent course handout (pdf) contains information about course objectives, assessment, course materials and the syllabus. 

The Online Handbook entry contains up-to-date timetabling information.

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Course Overview

What would be the impact of a major new flu epidemic in Sydney? How should airline routes and timetables be designed to minimise passenger delays? How should companies market and price their products to maximise profit? Is there an optimal way to manage Australia's ageing population problem? Addressing real world problems involves the steps of formulating a mathematical description of the problem, solving the mathematical model, interpreting the mathematical solution and critically evaluating the model.

Motivated by real world problems, the course will survey mathematical techniques for predicting future events (Dynamical Systems) and making the best possible decisions (Optimisation). The course will provide introductions to state-of-the-art mathematical resources for mathematical modelling, algebraic manipulation, optimisation, numerical simulation, and presentation. Case studies will form a large part of the course. Part of the course assessment will involve working in teams to tackle unfamiliar problems; teams will plan their project work and report their findings both in report form and orally. In addition to learning the mathematics behind the modelling tools, the course aims to equip students with the modelling skills and presentation skills for dealing with real world problems.