Mathematical Modeling in the Social Sciences

Math 36 Winter 1999

Dartmouth College

MWF 10-11:05 x-hour Th 12-12:50 13 Bradley

Office: 307 Bradley

Office hours: 9-10 a.m. and by appointment

Phone:646-1720

e-mail: matthew.conroy@dartmouth.edu

Topics: In this course, we will discuss applications
of various mathematical techniques, such as differential
equations, probability theory, Markov chains, chaos
theory and graph
theory, in psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.

Text: Selected readings will be distributed.

Grading: Homework will be assigned (nearly) daily,
and will generally be due one week after it is assigned.
There will be no exams.
Students will also complete a research paper.
This research may involve a survey of known results,
an investigation into the applicability of a certain model
to various applications,
a comparison of various models to a particular application,
the development of a new model, etc. Collectively,
the homework will account for 80% of the final grade,
and the paper will account for 20%.