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Games to Teach Mathematical Modelling

James A. Powellgif
James S. Cangelosigif
Ann Marie Harrisgif
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Utah State University
Logan, Utah 84322-3900



We discuss the use of in-class games to create realistic situations for mathematical modelling. Two games are presented which are appropriate for use in post-calculus settings. The first game reproduces predator-prey oscillations and the second game simulates disease propagation in a mixing population. When used creatively these games encourage students to model realistic data and apply mathematical concepts to understanding the data.

AMS Subject Classifications: 00A06, 00-01, 92-01

Keywords: interdisciplinary mathematics, pedagogy, modelling biological systems.

James Powell
Tue Feb 18 12:21:04 MST 1997