MATH3290 - Mathematical Modeling - 2017/18

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  • No tutorial on 13 Sep (Wed).
  • (Oct 18) Assignment 1 (Q5) is graded and returned to the assignment box.
  • (Oct 19) The files for assignment 2 have been uploaded.
  • (Nov 25) Assignment 2 has been graded and returned to the assignment box.
  • (Nov 25) Assignment 3 Solution has been uploaded.
  • (Nov 25) Assignment 3 (Q1) has been graded and returned to the assignment box.
  • (Dec 8) Assignment 4 (Q3) has been graded and returned back to the assignment box.

General Information


  • Eric Chung
    • Office: LSB 205
    • Email:

Teaching Assistant

  • Simon Pun
    • Office: LSB 222C
    • Tel: 39438570
    • Email:
    • Office Hours: M5-6, T1-3, H1-3
  • Xia Wang
    • Office: LSB 222C
    • Tel: 39438570
    • Email:
    • Office Hours: M2-4, W2-4, H3-4

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Tuesdays 2:30-4:15pm at Lady Shaw Bldg LT6; Wednesdays 9:30-10:15am at Y.C. Liang Hall 104
  • Tutorial: Wednesdays 8:30-9:15am at 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. Mathematical tools for big data analysis

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. 5th Edition.

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Assessment Scheme

Assignments 10%
Midterm (Oct 17) 35%
Final Exam 55%

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