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ERIC Number: EJ906195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
Modelling the Spread of an Oil-Slick with Irregular Information
Winkel, Brian
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v41 n8 p1085-1096 2010
We describe a modelling activity for students in a course in which modelling with differential equations is appropriate. We have used this model in our coursework for years and have found that it enlightens students as to the model building process and parameter estimation for a linear, first-order, ordinary differential equation. The activity also provides a lesson in "knowing what to do when you do not know what to do." [G. Polya, "How to Solve It", Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1945]. (Contains 4 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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