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This course provides an interdisciplinary, in-depth introduction
to several important environmental issues such as ground water
and handling of hazardous materials. We consider the key physical and chemical processes, and the legal, political and ethical implications, along with the
quantitative aspects involved in these issues. Students learn how mathematical models are used naturally and routinely to help analyze these issues fully.
Computers are 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 software called ALOHA. In addition, we 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
| 2006 MAA CUPM
All classes start in MSB 311. Almost every
Thursday we move over
the Computer Lab for the last hour of the class.
If you are late and find no one in MSB 311, 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 (or later year) 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 are discussed in class, and can be handled after classes start)
Homework is assigned every class and collected every Tuesday.
are returned the following Tuesday with remarks or graded. Most of
homework assignments carry exam points rather then grades (I will explain this in more details in class). There are 2 - 6 exercises every week. Most
homework assignments will be group projects. The total weight of the homework grades is about 10% of the total grade of the course.
108QC satisfies a Content Area 3: Science and Technology (CA3) general
education requirement. In addition, Math 108QC
"old" general education C (computer) requirement. According to UConn policy, this means that students must obtain a passing grade on the
computer assignments in order to pass this course. The computer assignments consist of all homework assignments involving Web Searches,
use of EXCEL, and use of the interactive HazMat software ALOHA. Please, make sure you turn in all computer assignments!
Exam Schedule: Exam 1: Tuesday, February 20, 11:00 - 12:15, Room: MSB 311
Exam 2: Thursday, April 5, 11:00 - 12:15, Room: MSB 311
Final Exam: Thursday, May 3, 10:30 - 12:30, Room: YNG 233 (Note: The buiding is YOUNG, not MSB)
For help with location of the Final Exam Building click on The Campus Map.
Homework: about 10%. Each Exam (including the Final Exam): about
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 starred 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)||
||page 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* CAMEO (Handout)|
|ALOHA: Analysis of Case Scenarios||Case Scenarios||Supplementary Material||Homework 2* ALOHA (Handout)|
|ALOHA: More Case Scenarios
||Homework 3* ALOHA (Handout)
This page is maintained by Sarah Glaz
Last modified: Spring 2007