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This course will provide an interdisciplinary, in-depth introduction
to several important environmental issues such as ground water
and handling of hazardous materials. We will consider the key physical and chemical processes, and the legal, political and ethical implications, along with the
quantitative aspects involved in these issues. You will learn how mathematical models are used naturally and routinely to help analyze these issues fully.
Computers will be used to keep virtual involvement in environmental issues via the Internet; to keep track of data using EXCEL spreadsheets; and to analyze
hazardous material case scenarios using a user friendly, interactive HazMat program called ALOHA. In addition, we will maintain contact with agencies or
industries involved in environmental issues through field trips or guest speakers.
|Math 108 Math Day Poster||2001 UConn Advance's Article On Math 108|
|Math 108 Picture Gallery||2002 UConn Traditions' Article: "Green Mathematics"|
AAUP Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award
Committee on Math & Environment, Course Link
| MAA CUPM
Illustations for Recommended Courses
Class Meeting Times/Place: Tuesday,
Thursday 11 - 12:15. Classroom MSB 403, and Computer
Lab MSB 203.
All classes start in MSB 403. Almost every Thursday we will move over to the Computer Lab for the last hour of the class.
If you are late and find no one in MSB 403, please come to the Computer Lab.
203: Undergraduate Mac Lab
Mathematical Modeling in
the Environment, by Charles R. Hadlock. MAA, 1998.
Recommended: Microsoft EXCEL 2002 Simplified, IDG Books 3-D Visual Series, maranGraphics.
Supplementary Material For Chapter 4 will be given as handouts in class.
simple Scientific Calculator , for example TI-30Xa.
Optional: A Math Department Computer Lab Account (Free).
Optional: A Jump (Key) Drive (32 MB or more) for saving computer work.
(The last two items will be discussed in class, and can be handled after classes start)
Homework will be assigned every class and collected every Tuesday.
will be returned the following Tuesday with remarks or graded. Most of
homework assignments will carry exam points rather then grades (I will explain this in more details in class). There will be 2 - 6 exercises every week. Most
homework assignments will be group projects. The total weight of the homework grades will be about 10% of the total grade of the course.
Some of the
assignments involve use of computers. These include Web Searches, use
and use of the interactive HazMat program
ALOHA. Because Math 108V satisfies a General Education C requirement, students must obtain a passing grade on the computer assignments in order
to pass this course. This is university policy and cannot be waived under any circumstances.
Please, MAKE SURE YOU TURN IN ALL COMPUTER ASSIGNMENTS!
1: Thursday, February 24, 11:00 - 12:15, Room MSB 403
Exam 2: Thursday, April 7, 11:00 - 12:15, Room MSB 403
Final Exam: Wednesday, May 4, 10:30 - 12:30, Room Chem A203
For help with location of the Final Exam Building click on The Campus Map.
Homework: about 10%. Each Exam: about 30%
Links To Internet Resources: Math 108 LINKS
This page includes links to general and chapter specific information
sites, software download sites (ALOHA, CAMEO),
online Calculator and Conversion Tables sites, and more .
Assignments may occasionally vary
according to progress in class.
Approximate schedule: four weeks for each of the chapters 2, 3 and 4; additional two weeks for Chapter 1, reviews, Exams,
and guest speakers or field trips.
A * denotes an exercise using computers. All stared exercises MUST be handed in.
|Chapter 1||Introduction||Chapter 1||Environmental Math Autobiography|
|Section 2.1||Background to groundwater||2.1||page 11-12: Exercises 1*, 2*|
|Section 2.2||Physical Principles||2.2||page 15: Exercise 1*, 2*|
|Section 2.3||Quantitative Issues||2.3|
|Section 2.4||Darcy's Law||2.4||page 30-31: Exercises 1, 2, 3, 4|
|Section 2.5||Interstitial Velocity||2.5||page 36: Exercises 1, 2, 3|
|Section 2.7||Head Contour Diagrams (Calculators)
||2.7||page 44: Exercises 1,2 (Calculators)|
|Section 2.7||Head Contour Diagrams (EXCEL)||page 44: Exercises 1*, 2* (EXCEL)|
|Section 3.1||Background to air quality||3.1||page 59-60: Exercise 2*|
|Section 3.2||Physical Principles||3.2||page 72: Exercises 1, 2, 3, 5|
|Section 3.3||Typical Quantitative Issues||3.3||page 74-75: Exercise 3*
|Section 3.4||Exponential Functions||3.4||page 79: Exercises 1,2,3,4(Calculators)|
||Exponential Functions (EXCEL)||
||age 79:Exercises1*, 2*, 3*,
|Section 3.5||One Dimensional Diffusion||3.5||page 81-82: Exercises 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*|
|Section 3.6 (Optional)||Two Dimensional Diffusion||3.6||page 85-86: Exercises 1, 2*, 3|
|Section 3.7||The Basic PLUME Model||3.7||page 95-96: Exercises 3*, 4*|
|Section 4.1||Background To HazMat||4.1||page 108: Exercise 1*|
|Section 4.2||HazMat Practices||4.2|
|126.96.36.199||Physics And Chemistry Basics||188.8.131.52||page 113: Exercise 1*|
|184.108.40.206||Physical Properties Of Matter||220.127.116.11||page 119: Exercise 1*, 3, 4, 5|
|4.3.3 (Modified)||Toxicity Hazards||4.3.3 and Supplementary Material
||Homework 1* (Handout)|
|ALOHA: Analysis of Case Scenarios||Case Scenarios||Supplementary Material||Homework 2* (Handout)|
This page is maintained by Sarah Glaz
Last modified: Spring 2005