Unit convenor and teaching staff 
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Christian Thomas
638 12WW
Christopher Lustri
714 12WW


Credit points 
Credit points
10

Prerequisites 
Prerequisites
MATH2010 or MATH235 or MATH2055

Corequisites 
Corequisites

Cobadged status 
Cobadged status

Unit description 
Unit description
This unit builds upon 1000level mathematical modelling methods and develops new techniques for both formulating and analysing mathematical models of physical systems. Theory and application will be presented in an integrative way, emphasising the utility of mathematical methods in obtaining information and making predictions about realworld processes. The unit will focus particularly on how to interpret and derive differential equations describing (possibly coupled) physical systems that either vary in time or space. Powerful methods, and their theoretical foundations, will be introduced to analyse and solve these differential equations. Complementary numerical techniques will be used in some of the methods, preparing students for analyses of more intricate problems. 
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Late Assessment Submission Penalty
From 1 July 2022, Students enrolled in Session based units with written assessments will have the following late penalty applied. Please see https://students.mq.edu.au/study/assessmentexams/assessments for more information.
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, a 5% penalty (of the total possible mark) will be applied each day a written assessment is not submitted, up until the 7th day (including weekends). After the 7th day, a grade of '0' will be awarded even if the assessment is submitted. Submission time for all written assessments is set at 11:55 pm. A 1hour grace period is provided to students who experience a technical concern.
For any late submission of timesensitive tasks, such as scheduled tests/exams, performance assessments/presentations, and/or scheduled practical assessments/labs, students need to submit an application for Special Consideration.
Assessments where Late Submissions will be accepted
In this unit, late submissions will be accepted as follows:
Assignment 1 – YES, Standard Late Penalty applies
Assignment 2 – YES, Standard Late Penalty applies
Major Project – YES, Standard Late Penalty applies
Examination – NO, unless Special Consideration is granted
FINAL EXAM POLICY: All students are expected to ensure that they are available until the end of the teaching semester, that is, the final day of the official examination period. The only excuse for not sitting an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. In these special circumstances, you may apply for special consideration via ask.mq.edu.au.
Name  Weighting  Hurdle  Due 

Assignment 1  10%  No  Week 5 
Assignment 2  10%  No  Week 11 
Major Project  30%  No  Week 7 & Week 12 
Examination  50%  No  Final Examination Period 
Assessment Type ^{1}: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task ^{2}: 6 hours
Due: Week 5
Weighting: 10%
This assignment will test the ability of students to develop and analyse mathematical problems using concepts and techniques from mathematical modelling and applied mathematics.
Assessment Type ^{1}: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task ^{2}: 6 hours
Due: Week 11
Weighting: 10%
This assignment will test the ability of students to develop and analyse mathematical problems using concepts and techniques from mathematical modelling and applied mathematics.
Assessment Type ^{1}: Project
Indicative Time on Task ^{2}: 20 hours
Due: Week 7 & Week 12
Weighting: 30%
The students will be assigned a mathematical modelling task in groups. They will be required to develop and analyse a mathematical model to draw conclusions. The students will be required to submit individual written reports.
Assessment Type ^{1}: Examination
Indicative Time on Task ^{2}: 20 hours
Due: Final Examination Period
Weighting: 50%
This will be held during the final exam period. It will test the ability of students to utilise the concepts taught in the course to develop mathematical models, and apply appropriate techniques to analyse and interpret these models.
^{1} If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
^{2} Indicative timeontask is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
In lectures, concepts are introduced, explained and illustrated. The content of the unit will be explained and example problems will be solved, and applications discussed. There will be two hours of lectures each week.
The students will participate in weekly small group teaching activities (SGTAs). The students will work through example problems that require applying the mathematical and computational techniques introduced in the lectures. There will be two hours of SGTAs each week.
This subject requires the use of several items of software. Each of these is available to you at no cost, either because the software is open source or otherwise freely available, or because Macquarie University has arranged access for students. You will need the following:
WEEK 
UNIT SCHEDULE (guide only)  ASSESSMENT DUE 

1  Introduction to modelling; Derive mathematical models; Compartment modelling  
2  Compartment modelling continued; Dimensional analysis  Projects released; Exercise 1 
3  Firstorder ODEs; Logistic equation; phase lines & stability  Assignment 1 released; Exercise 2 
4  Harvesting & bifurcations; Numerical methods  Exercise 3 
5  Systems of firstorder ODEs; Solutions to linear systems  Assignment 1 Due; Exercise 4 
6  Stability of linear systems; Classifications & phase planes  Exercise 5 
7  Nonlinear systems of ODEs; Linear stability; Constructing phase planes  Project Presentation Slides Due; Exercise 6 
MIDSESSION BREAK  
8  Population models; LotkaVolterra PredatorPrey  Exercise 7 
9  Infectious disease models; SIR model  Assignment 2 released; Exercise 8 
10  Secondorder ODEs; Massspring systems  Exercise 9 
11  Boundary value problems; Nonlinear effects  Assignment 2 Due; Exercise 10 
12  Nonlinear effects continued; Power series  Project Written Report Due; Exercise 11 
13  Revision  Exercise 12 
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Unit information based on version 2022.03 of the Handbook