Mathematical Modelling A

Module code: NS1052

Module co-ordinator: TBC

The ability to model a scientific problem mathematically brings several advantages. It forces us to define the problem completely. It requires us to be specific about what is - and is not - to be considered relevant. It helps us strip down a problem to its simplest form. It enables us demonstrate clearly the effect of different assumptions on the outcomes.

In this module you will develop your modelling skills by looking at a range of contexts.

Topics covered

  • Estimates
  • Scaling
  • Dimensional analysis
  • Motion of projectiles
  • Newtonian gravity and circular orbits
  • Elliptical orbits
  • Stocks and flows
  • Equilibrium
  • Populations
  • Qualitative dynamics
  • Phase portraits


  • 4 two-hour workshops


  • 4 sets of multiple choice questions (16%)
  • Portfolio of question answers for each of the 4 units (84%)