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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.
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Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review
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 OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 1 study in Mathematics.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Environmental Science courses or view the range of currently available OU Environmental Science courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 29th July 2011
Last updated on: Wednesday, 16th March 2016
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