The St. Mark’s School Institute of Mathematics offers workshops, courses, and activities for students of all ages (both from St. Mark’s School and from the wider community), for teachers and home-school educators, and for all those interested in practicing and promoting the joy of mathematical thinking and creative pursuit. The mission of the Institute is to:
- Provide community outreach of mathematical excellence; and
- Enhance and promote creative mathematical thinking, awareness, and enjoyment of the subject.
The Institute of Mathematics provides research experiences for young scholars, promotes innovative mathematics thinking through its quasi-weekly e-mail puzzles and through its monthly hard-copy newsletter. This letter is full of intriguing mathematical tidbits, curious mathematical challenges and accessible research problems for students (and others!) to ponder upon.
Upcoming Events for Spring 2013.
The St. Mark’s Institute of Mathematics Presents
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF EPIDEMICS
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Instructor: Dr. Lauren Riva
Director of the St. Mark's Institute of Mathematics
Course Begins: March 25th 2013
Course Length: 6 weeks long
Workload: 2-4 hours/week
ABOUT THE COURSE
Infectious diseases are some of the leading causes of death around the world. Mathematical models are increasingly being use to understand the transmission of infectious diseases and to inform public health strategies for predicting and controlling epidemics. This course is designed to give students a thorough introduction to the conceptual ideas and mathematical tools used in infectious disease modeling.
Students should be very comfortable with basic algebra. Calculus isn't necessary but a conceptural understanding of derivatives would be helpful.
This course is self-contained, and the lecture notes will be available on-line.
The class consists of lecture videos punctuated by short quizzes. There will also be homework assignments that are not part of the video lectures. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with peers through online discussion board.
Students who successfully complete all class assignments will receive a certificate of completion signed by the instructor. The certificate is not transferable for course credit.