# Mathematical modeling, fall 2009

# Mathematical modeling, fall 2009

### Lecturer

Stefan Geritz

Paolo Muratore-Ginanneschi

### Scope

10 cu.

### Type

Advanced studies.

### Contents

Click here for a list of the topics treated in the course.

### Lectures

Weeks 37-43 and 45-51, Tuesday 14-16 B321, Thursday 14-16 B322. Two hours of exercise classes per week.

### Exams and projects

There are two alternative ways to pass the course: by passing the exam or by doing a project.

- The exam is on Thursday 10 December 2009 from 13:15-16:00 in room B322 (the usual lecture room) and may cover all the material presented during the lectures.

Click here for an old exam that has actually been used. Note however, that the exam on Thursday 10 December may also contain questions about pattern formation or questions about growth and development. Still, the sample exam should give you some idea of what to expect.

Update: click here for the exam of (late) 10-12-2009, and here for the answers.

- The projects (listed below) are like an elaborate homework exercise. They involve numerical work as well, and each covers only a specific part of the material presented in the lectures. If you chose to do a project you need to do only one. The report on the project has to be handed in not later than the first week of February 2010.

Click here for the list of available projects. (NOTE: correction in project #4 has been added on 10/10/2010)

### Bibliography

- Some basic background on dynamical system theory (local stability analysis, Poincaré-Bendixon theorem etc.)

can be found in- Nils Berglund,
*"Geometrical theory of dynamical systems"*, (arXiv:math/0111178).

- Nils Berglund,

- The MATLAB web-site hosts also guides and books illustrating the programme.

In particular, a very useful reference for the MATLAB ODE suite is chapter 7 of- Cleve Moler,
*"Numerical Computing with MATLAB "*(Copyright 2004, Cleve Moler).

- Cleve Moler,

- A good introduction to the dynamics of spatially structured populations (reaction-diffusion, traveling waves, pattern formation)

can be found in- Leah Edelstain-Keshet,
*"Mathematical models in biology"*(Copyright 1988, McGraw-Hill).

- Leah Edelstain-Keshet,

### Lecture Notes

Populations of interacting particles:

Introduction, mono-molecular reaction, bimolecular reactions, reaction networks, and the principle of mass-action (unfinished)

Local stability analysis

Elements from the theory of Poincare and Bendixon

The resource-consumer model of Gause

Movement in space:

Movement in space (part 1)

Density-dependent diffusion in the SIS model

Density-dependent diffusion and taxis in a resource-consumer model

Traveling waves (SIS model)

Traveling waves (Allee affect)

Pattern formation (diffusion vs taxis)

Pattern formation (diffusion vs taxis; summary)

Pattern formation (diffusive instability)

Pattern formation (diffusive instability; example)

Growth and development:

The transport equation and the renewal equation

Delay-differential equations

Fixed delays

Distributed delays

### Exercise groups

Group | Day | Time | Place | Instructor |
---|---|---|---|---|

1. | mo | 14-16 | C129 |

Exercises 1-5, Exercises 6-8, Exercises 9-11, Exercises 12-14, Exercises 15-16, Exercises 17-19, Exercises 20-22