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Mathematical modelling, fall 2015


Teacher: Stefan Geritz 

Scope: 10 cr

Type: Advanced studies





  • Lecture notes on Turing instability available here, now hopefully without errors.
  • New exercises for Wednesday come in the form of two demo-exams available here and here.
  • Registration for the examination is done through WebOodi no later than one week before the exam date (see below). If you don't know how to use WebOodi, you can also register in office C329 on the third floor in the Exactum building.

Teaching schedule

Weeks 36-42 and 44-49, Tuesday and Thursday 14-16 in room B322. In addition, two hours of exercise classes per week.


Thursday, 10 December, 16:00-20:00

Monday, 21 December, 10:00-14:00

(Register for one and only one; if you take both exams, only the first counts)

Registration for the examination is done through WebOodi no later than one week before the exam date. 

Course material

Old lecture notes of the 2012 course are available here. Studying the lecture notes is sufficient to get you through the exam. However, I will not promise that I will exactly follow these notes or be bounded by them. You may want to take notes as well. 

There are many books that have "mathematical model" in the title. Most of them focus on model analysis (which is useful), but they say little about how to actually formulate a mathematical model from scratch (i.e., from the behaviour of individuals to equations that describe behaviour of populations), which is the main theme of the present course. For further reading, however, here is a book that keeps a good balance between model analysis and model formulation: Edelstein-Keshet, L. 1988. "Mathematical models in biology". Birkhauser Mathematics Series, McGraw-Hill.


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Exercise classes

1.Wednesday 14-16 B321 Francesca Scarabel 

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