MATH3290 - Mathematical Modeling - 2014/15

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  • (Sep 1) Note the new class and tutorial schedule.
  • (Sep 1) No tutorial class in the first week.
  • (Sep 16) Lecture is cancelled due to typhoon.
  • (Oct 3) The NEW due date of Assignment 1 is Oct 17.
  • (Oct 17) The SOLUTIONs to Assignment 1&2 are available now.
  • (Oct 23) Competition on Algorithmic Trading. See below for more information.
  • (Nov 25) The typos of Q4 in Solution to Assignment 3 have been revised.

General Information


  • Eric Chung
    • Office: LSB 205
    • Tel: 3943 7972
    • Email:

Teaching Assistant

  • Lam Chi Yeung
    • Office: LSB 222B
    • Email:
  • Chen Teng
    • Office: LSB 101
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Tuesdays 12:30-2:15pm, LSB LT5; Thursdays 2:30pm-3:15pm, LSB LT5
  • Tutorial: Thursdays 3:30-4:15pm, Y C Liang Hall 104

Course Description

This course is an introduction to mathematical modeling. We will cover some basic mathematical tools for the quantitative description of practical problems arising from physics, biology, economics and engineering. The use of these mathematical models allows us to quantitatively study and provide solutions to these problems. The focus of this course is to give an overview of the mathematical techniques that are commonly used in practice, and illustrate the modeling procedure through some elementary examples.

The following is an outline of this course.

1. Modeling change by difference equations

2. Model fitting and empirical modelling

3. Technical analysis by mathematical methods

4. Simulation modeling

5. Discrete optimization modeling

6. Modeling by graph theory

7. Continuous optimization modeling

8. Modeling with differential equations


  • A First Course in Mathematical Modeling, by Giordano, Fox, Horton and Weir. 4th Edition
  • Technical Analysis and Financial Asset Forecasting, by Raymond Chan, Spike Lee and Wing-Keung Wong.

Lecture Notes

Tutorial Notes


Quizzes and Exams


Assessment Scheme

Assignment  10%
Mid-term on Oct 21 35%
Final Exam 55%

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Last updated: December 03, 2014 21:03:27