MATH 76: Topics in Applied Mathematics

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with the basic tools for building and analyzing mathematical models in Biology primarily using ordinary differential equations. In addition, you will learn how to analyze and simulate the models. You will also learn to interpret and communicate the results in the context of biology.

Prerequisites: Math 22, Math 23, or permission of the instructor.

Textbook: As a supplement to in-class notes and slides, students are encouraged to use the following books

Grading Formula: (i) Attendance & Participation (10%) + (ii) Homework Problem Sets (50%) + (iii) Final (25%) + Final Project Presentation (15%).

Important Dates


  • MATLAB can be downloaded Here
  • Matlab introductory exercises
  • Syllabus

    Tentative lecture plan which may be subject to further changes.

    Date Lecture
    3 Jan 1D continuous population models
    5 Jan
    8 Jan
    10 Jan Jan 9 x-hour will be used for this class
    12 Jan
    15 Jan Planar systems and their analysis (Class moved to x-hour due to MLK)
    17 Jan
    19 Jan
    22 Jan Infectious disease models
    23 Jan x-hour
    24 Jan
    26 Jan
    29 Jan
    30 Jan x-hour
    31 Jan
    2 Feb
    5 Feb Stability analysis of complex models
    6 Feb x-hour
    7 Feb
    9 Feb
    12 Feb Final day for dropping a fourth course
    13 Feb x-hour
    14 Feb
    16 Feb
    19 Feb Discuss papers
    20 Feb Final day to withdraw from a course
    21 Feb
    23 Feb
    26 Feb no class (tentative)
    28 Feb no class (tentative)
    2 Mar Final Project Presentations (Day II)
    5 Mar Final Project Presentations (day III)
    11 Mar Final project report/presentation

    Course Policies

    Honor Principle

    Collaborations (giving and receiving assistance) during closed-book exams and quizzes are strictly prohibited. Any form of plagiarism is not allowed in the final project. If you have questions, please ask the instructor before doing and should always refer to Academic Honor Principle.

    Accessibility Policy

    Students with learning, physical, or psychiatric disabilities enrolled in this course that may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an office appointment to see your instructor before the end of the second week of the term. All discussions will remain confidential, although the Student Accessibility Services office may be consulted to discuss appropriate implementation of any accommodation requested. At such a meeting please provide your instructor with a copy of a disability registration form, which lists the accommodations recommended for the student by Student Accessibility Services within the Academic Skills Center. The person you might want to contact at the Academic Skills center is Ward Newmeyer, Director of Student Accessibility Services 205 Collis Center - (603) 646-9900.

    Student Religious Observances

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

    Late Policy

    By "deadline" we really mean it. In exceptional circumstances, students with disabilities should inform the instructor of their accommodation requests well in advance, so that the instructor will have sufficient time to work with Student Accessibility Services to provide appropriate accommodations.