Math 227: Mathematical Modeling
Fall 2017 Course Syllabus
NJIT Academic Integrity Code: All Students should be aware that the Department of Mathematical Sciences takes the University Code on Academic Integrity at NJIT very seriously and enforces it strictly. This means that there must not be any forms of plagiarism, i.e., copying of homework, class projects, or lab assignments, or any form of cheating in quizzes and exams. Under the University Code on Academic Integrity, students are obligated to report any such activities to the Instructor.
Course Information
Course Description: An introduction to the theory and practice of mathematical modeling. Techniques include scaling and dimension, fitting of data, linear and exponential models, elementary dynamical systems, probability, optimization, Markov chain modeling. Models are drawn from applications including biology, physics, economics, finance, and chemistry.
Number of Credits: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 112 with a grade of C or better or MATH 133 with a grade of C or better and CS 115with a grade of C or better or CS 113 with a grade of C or better or CS 100 with a grade of C or better or CS 101 with a grade of C or better.
CourseSection and Instructors
CourseSection 
Instructor 
Math 227001 
Professor C. Diekman 
Math 227003 
Professor C. Diekman 
Office Hours for All Math Instructors: Fall 2017 Office Hours and Emails
Required Textbook:
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Universitywide Withdrawal Date: The last day to withdraw with a W is Monday, November 6, 2017. It will be strictly enforced.
Course Goals
Course Objectives
 Students should learn what a mathematical model is.
 Students should learn various mathematical techniques to analyze models.
 Students should be able to interpret mathematical results in terms of the model.
 Students should be able to use MATLAB to do all computer simulations.
Course Outcomes
 Students have improved logical thinking, problemsolving skills, and teamwork skills.
 Students are prepared for further study in mathematics as well as science, engineering, computing, and other areas.
Course Assessment: The assessment of objectives is achieved through homework, labs, exams, and a project.
Policies
DMS Course Policies: All DMS students must familiarize themselves with, and adhere to, the Department of Mathematical Sciences Course Policies, in addition to official universitywide policies. DMS takes these policies very seriously and enforces them strictly.
Grading Policy: The final grade in this course will be determined as follows:
Homework, Labs, and InClass Participation 
30% 
Midterm Exam I 
20% 
Midterm Exam II 
20% 
Final Exam (Project) 
30% 
Your final letter grade will be based on the following tentative curve.
A 
90  100 
C 
60  69 
B+ 
85  89 
D 
50  59 
B 
75  84 
F 
0  49 
C+ 
70  74 


Attendance Policy: Attendance at all classes will be recorded and is mandatory. Please make sure you read and fully understand the Math Department’s Attendance Policy. This policy will be strictly enforced.
MATLAB: MATLAB is a mathematical software program that is used throughout the science and engineering curricula. Students should download it to their computers from the IST software downloads page. For this class, you are required to write code using this software.
Exams: There will be two midterm exams held in class during the semester and one comprehensive final exam. The final exam will be held during the following week:
Midterm Exam I 
October 17, 2017 
Midterm Exam II 
November 17, 2017 
Final Exam Week 
December 15  21, 2017 
The final exam will test your knowledge of all the course material taught in the entire course. Make sure you read and fully understand the Math Department's Examination Policy. This policy will be strictly enforced.
Makeup Exam Policy: There will be No makeup QUIZZES OR EXAMS during the semester. In the event an exam is not taken under rare circumstances where the student has a legitimate reason for missing the exam, the student should contact the Dean of Students office and present written verifiable proof of the reason for missing the exam, e.g., a doctor’s note, police report, court notice, etc. clearly stating the date AND time of the mitigating problem. The student must also notify the Math Department Office/Instructor that the exam will be missed.
Cellular Phones: All cellular phones and other electronic devices must be switched off during all class times.
Additional Resources
Math Tutoring Center: Located in the Central King Building, Lower Level, Rm. G11 (See: Fall 2017 Hours)
Further Assistance: For further questions, students should contact their instructor. All instructors have regular office hours during the week. These office hours are listed on the Math Department's webpage for Instructor Office Hours and Emails.
All students must familiarize themselves with and adhere to the Department of Mathematical Sciences Course Policies, in addition to official universitywide policies. The Department of Mathematical Sciences takes these policies very seriously and enforces them strictly.
Accommodation of Disabilities: Disability Support Services (DSS) offers long term and temporary accommodations for undergraduate, graduate and visiting students at NJIT.
If you are in need of accommodations due to a disability please contact Chantonette Lyles, Associate Director of Disability Support Services at 9735965417 or via email at lyles@njit.edu. The office is located in Fenster Hall Room 260. A Letter of Accommodation Eligibility from the Disability Support Services office authorizing your accommodations will be required.
For further information regarding self identification, the submission of medical documentation and additional support services provided please visit the Disability Support Services (DSS) website at:
Important Dates (See: Fall 2017 Academic Calendar, Registrar)
Date 
Day 
Event 
September 5, 2017 
T 
First Day of Classes 
September 11, 2017 
M 
Last Day to Add/Drop Classes 
November 6, 2017 
M 
Last Day to Withdraw 
November 21, 2017 
T 
Thursday Classes Meet 
November 22, 2017 
W 
Friday Classes Meet 
November 23  26, 2017 
R  Su 
Thanksgiving Break  University Closed 
December 13, 2017 
W 
Last Day of Classes 
December 14, 2017 
R 
Reading Day 
December 15  21, 2017 
F  R 
Final Exam Period 