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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 course, 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

  • Duration 4 hours
  • Updated Wednesday 16th March 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Environmental Science
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Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review

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This is the fifth and final course in the series on mathematical modelling. In this 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, 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 OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 1 study in Mathematics.

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