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This free course, Developing modelling skills, is the third in the series of five courses on mathematical modelling. It provides an overview of the processes involved in developing models, starting by explaining how to specify the purpose of the model. It then moves on to look at aspects involved in creating models, such as simplifying problems, choosing variables and parameters, formulating relationships and finding solutions. You will also look at interpreting results and evaluating models. This course assumes that you have previously studied the courses Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes and Analysing skid marks.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- create simple models, given a clear statement of the problem
- write down the simplifying assumptions that underpin a model
- identify the key variables and the parameters of a model;
- apply the input–output principle to obtain a mathematical model, where appropriate
- obtain mathematical relationships between variables, based on or linking back to the simplifying assumptions.
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Developing modelling skills
This course provides an overview of the processes involved in developing models. It starts by explaining how to specify the purpose of the model and moves on to look at aspects involved in creating models, such as simplifying problems, choosing variables and parameters, formulating relationships and finding solutions. You will also look at interpreting results and evaluating models.
This course, the third in a series of five, builds on the ideas introduced and developed in Analysing skid marks.and
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 Mathematics Education courses or view the range of currently available OU Mathematics Education courses.
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Originally published: Monday, 13th June 2011
Last updated on: Wednesday, 16th March 2016
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