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Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review

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Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review is the fifth and final course in the series on mathematical modelling. In this free course we revisit the model developed in the first course of this series on pollution in the Great Lakes of North America. Here we evaluate and revise the original model by comparing its predictions against data from the lakes before finally reflecting on the techniques used. This course assumes you have studied the courses Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes, Analysing skid marks, Developing modelling skills and Modelling heat transfer.

After studying this text you should be able to:

  • appreciate that simple models can be as useful as more complex model, if they serve their intended purpose.
  • appreciate the role of the assumptions of the model in thinking about possible revisions;
  • appreciate that there are a number of possible revisions to a model;
  • use a variety of techniques to revise a simple model;
  • appreciate that a complex model may be built up from a simple model by graduall including more and more features.

By: The Open University

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Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review

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This is the fifth and final unit in the series on mathematical modelling. In this unit we revisit the model developed in the first unit of this series on pollution in the Great Lakes of North America. Here we evaluate and revise the original model by comparing its predictions against data from the lakes before finally reflecting on the techniques used.

This unit, the fifth in a series of five, builds on ideas developed and introduced in Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , Analysing skid marks, Developing modelling skills and Modelling heat transfer.

This unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course MSXR209 Mathematical modelling.

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