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MATHEMATICAL MODELING IN THE ENVIRONMENT

MATHEMATICAL MODELING IN THE ENVIRONMENT

MATHEMATICAL MODELING IN THE ENVIRONMENT

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Mathematical Modeling in the Environment by Charles Hadlock

Packaged with a PC compatible disk that enhances the material in the text. This book has a dual objective: first, to introduce the reader to some of the most important and widespread environmental issues of the day; and second, to illustrate the vital role played by mathematical models in investigating these issues. The environmental issues addressed include: ground-water contamination, air pollution, and hazardous material emergencies. These issues are presented in their full real-world context, not as scientific or mathematical abstractions; and for background readers are invited to investigate their presence in their own communities. The first part of the book leads the reader through relatively elementary modeling of these phenomena, including simple algebraic equations for ground water, slightly more complex algebraic equations (preferably implemented on a spreadsheet or other computerized framework) for air pollution, and a fully computerized modeling package for hazardous materials incident analysis. The interplay between physical intuition and mathematical analysis is emphasized. The second part of the book returns to the same three subjects but with a higher level of mathematical sophistication (adjustable to the preparation of the reader by selection of subsections.) Many important classical mathematical themes are developed through this context, examples coming from single and multivariable calculus, differential equations, numerical analysis, linear algebra, and probability.

  • Brand name: MAA
  • Author: Charles Hadlock
  • ISBN: 9780883857090
  • 312 pp.
  • Paperback
  • 1998
  • Series: Textbooks
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