Math 36

Mathematical Models of Social Science
Last updated September 22, 2021 13:16:16 EDT

General Information

A First Course in Mathematical Modeling, 5th Edition by Frank R. Giordano, William P. Fox, and Steven B. Horton (ISBN: 1285050908)
Scheduled Lectures
Matt Jones MWF 11:30 - 12:35
(x-hour) Tu 12:15 - 1:05
Room Kemeny 108
Instructor Office Office Hours Email
Matt Jones Kemeny 216 Office Hours Matthew.I.Jones.GR (at)

Office Hours
Office hours are an opportunity for you to ask questions about the homework, get help if you are struggling with the material in the class, or just want to chat about math and math modeling. Office hour times are found here, and you can always email me to schedule another time if that is more convenient for you.

Update: Office hours will be held in Kemeny 242. If you schedule to meet with me outside those times, play on meeting at my office, Kemeny 216.

Exams and Projects

There will be two short midterms throughout the term and a final project. The two midterms will cover material that is covered in the lectures. For the final project, you will develop and analyze a model of a real-world scenario of your choosing. We will discuss the final project more as the term progresses.

Important Dates
Midterm Exam 1 Date 10/14 Room TBA
Midterm Exam 2 Date 11/11 Room TBA
Final Project Date 11/19  


There are two kinds of homework for this class: weekly homework and daily homework.

Weekly homework will be a set of problems assigned on Fridays and due the following Friday. Collaboration on weekly homework sets is highly encouraged.

Daily homework will be a short problem related to the days lecture. A daily homework problem will be assigned at the end of every class, and will be due at the beginning of the next class. Daily homeworks may ask you to elaborate on the work we did in class, so attending the lecture every day will make the daily homeworks much easier.

Homework Policies

  • Homework will be posted to the assignments page, and collected at the beginning of class.
  • Homework that is turned in late will be penalized. Starting weekly assignments early will ensure you have plenty of time to complete the problem sets.
  • Homework is to be written using only one side of 8.5 X 11 inch paper (you may use recycled paper if you wish to be environmentally friendly). You must write neatly (if the grader cannot read it, you will receive zero credit). If you use paper from a spiral notebook, please tear off the ragged edge. And staple all your papers together with the problems is the order assigned. The math office has a stapler you can use.
  • Many of your assignments will involve describing real-world scenarios and the models we use to study them. Use proper English with complete sentences. If you can't read your submissions aloud as fluently as if you were reading your textbook, try using nouns and verbs in your write ups! Give references for theorems or propositions you use from the text and class.
  • Consult the honor principle (below) as it applies to this course.

The course grade will be based upon the scores on the midterm exams, homework, and the final project as follows:
Midterm Exams 100 points (50 each)
Weekly Homework 100 points
Daily Homework 50 points
Final Project 100 points
Total 350 points

You are expected to attend class in person unless you have made alternative arrangements due to illness, medical reasons, or the need to isolate due to COVID-19. For the health and safety of our class community, please: do not attend class when you are sick, nor when you have been instructed by Student Health Services to stay home.
If you are forced to miss class, get in touch with me via email and we will work out an alternative arrangement.

In accordance with current College policy, all members of the Dartmouth community are required to wear a suitable face covering when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. This includes our classroom and other course-related locations, such as labs, studios, and office hours. If you need to take a quick drink during class, please dip you mask briefly for each sip. Eating is never permitted in the classroom. (The only exception to the mask requirement is for students with an approved disability-related accommodation; see below.) If you do not have an accommodation and refuse to comply with masking or other safety protocols, I am obligated to assure that the Covid health and safety standards are followed, and you will be asked to leave the classroom. You remain subject to course attendance policies, and dismissal from class will result in an unexcused absence. If you refues to comply with masking or other safety protocols, to ensure the health and safety of our community, I am obligated to report you to the Dean's office for disciplinary action under Dartmouth's Standards of Conduct. Additional COVID-19 protocols may emerge. Pay attention to emails from the senior administrators at the College.

The Honor Principle

On Homework: Collaboration is permitted and encouraged, but no copying , and to be clear, this means no copying even from a board or scrap of paper on which a solution was hashed out collaboratively. What a student turns in as a homework solution is to be his or her own understanding of how to do the problems. Students must state what sources they have consulted, with whom they have collaborated, and from whom they have received help. The solutions you submit must be written by you alone. Any copying (electronic or otherwise) of another person's solutions, in whole or in part, is a violation of the Academic Honor Code.

Moreover, if in working with someone they have provided you with an important idea or approach, they should be explicitly given credit in your writeup. Hints given in office hours need not be cited. Note: It is not sufficient to annotate your paper with a phrase like ``I worked with Joe on all the problems.'' Individual ideas are to be credited at each instance; they represent intellectual property.
On Exams: Students may not receive assistance of any kind from any source (living, published, electronic, etc), except the professor, and may not give assistance to anyone. Matters of clarification are to be left to the professor.

If you have any questions as to whether some action would be acceptable under the Academic Honor Code, please speak to me, and I will be glad to help clarify things. It is always easier to ask beforehand.

Accessibility Services, Religious Observances, etc.
Students with disabilities who may need disability-related academic adjustments and services for this course are encouraged to see their instructor privately as early in the term as possible. Students requiring disability-related academic adjustments and services must consult the Student Accessibility Services office (205 Collis Student Center, 646-9900, Once SAS has authorized services, students must show the originally signed SAS Services and Consent Form and/or a letter on SAS letterhead to their instructor. As a first step, if you have questions about whether you qualify to receive academic adjustments and services, you should contact the SAS office. All inquiries and discussions will remain confidential.

Mental Health
The academic environment at Dartmouth is challenging, our terms are intensive, and classes are not the only demanding part of your life. There are a number of resources available to you on campus to support your wellness, including your undergraduate dean (, Counseling and Human Development (, and the Student Wellness Center (

Religious Observances
Some students may wish to take part in religious observances that occur during this academic term. If you have a religious observance that conflicts with your participation in the course, please meet with your instructor before the end of the second week of the term to discuss appropriate accommodations.