Mathematical Modeling and Simulation – MATH 460

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

Formulation, analysis & critique of methods of mathematical modeling.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


As members of a society increasingly managed by quantitative techniques and data-based decision making, students benefit by learning how some of these techniques can best be employed.  The emphasis is on creating mathematical models and understanding contexts in which mathematical tools are valuable. 

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

The student will complete a homework assignment for each module in the WebAssign that is associated with the course textbook. Typically, assignments will cover 4 – 5 sections from the textbook, but this will vary depending on the length and difficulty of each section included in the assignment.  Students will be required to earn a 40% on each assignment before moving on to the next homework assignment or test (CLOs: CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; FSLOs: TSQR 1, 2, 3).

This project introduces what is perhaps the most important integer program/network problem and applies linear programming relaxations and constraint generation to achieve solutions to a particular problem instance.  (CLOs: CLO 1,2,  3; FSLOs: TSQR 1, 2).

This project introduces the tremendously important topics of a neighborhood of a solution and of local search, which together form a powerful heuristic for approaching difficult problems.   (CLOs: CLO 1,2,  3; FSLOs: TSQR 1, 2).

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for two modules: the material assigned during the test module and the material from the previous module. Tests are not cumulative. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and short answer questions, and have a 3-hour time limit. These tests will be completed in the WebAssign that is associated with the course textbook (CLOs: CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; FSLOs: TSQR 1, 2, 3).