Welcome to Math 245, Mathematical Models, this Spring 2016!

### Course Information

- Course Syllabus
- Read Letters from past students
- Course Calendar
- Homework Assignments, Lecture Notes, and Topics Covered
- Guidelines for completing homework assignments
- A description of the term-long project.
- Course resources for Mathematica
- Grades will be posted on Gradesly
- A link to Blackboard

### Key Dates: (subject to change)

**First Day of Class:**February 1**Project Topic Due:**March 2**First Exam:**March 16**Organizational Statement Due:**March 21**Final Draft of Project Due:**April 11**Peer Review Day:**May 4**Second Exam:**May 11**Project Due:**May 16**Last Day of Class:**May 18**Project Presentations:**May 16, May 18, and during the scheduled final exam time.

### Office Hours:

I am happy to help you with your homework and other class-related questions during my office hours. I have official office hours as posted on my schedule. In addition, you are welcome to make an appointment or stop by my office in Kiely Tower Room 606 at any time. (You can call my office phone 718-997-5964 to see if I'm there.)

### Mathematical Models links:

- Wolfram Alpha
- The case for fitting data points visually
- Chaos in dynamical systems (Logistic Map)
- Help determine if a variable is dependent or independent
- Sampling methods
- Least-Squares Polynomial Applet
- Modeling using random numbers
- 2D Random Walk Simulation of a walk on an infinite grid.
- 2D Random Walk Simulation of a sailor through city blocks
- Modeling people's behavior for going to a bar
- Crime Fighting and Mathematical Models
- Examples of Correlation not implying Causation (read the first answer)
- Things that correlate
- Extrapolation: Moore's Law
- DataGenetics: A wonderful blog of data driven analysis.
- A refresher about random variables (YouTube)