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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Misher College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science

 Special Topics in Computer Science

 Environmental Mathematical Modeling & Simulation - CS 490

(Air Quality Models)

Spring 2003

 

Instructor:

Dr. Anatoly Kurkovsky

Seminars:

Tuesdays 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. and 4:00 - 4:50 p.m., Wednesdays 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. at WH 210E 

Telephone: (215) 596 - 7615

E-mail: a.kurkov@usip.edu

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Differential Equations (MA 320), Data Structures (CS 320) or permission of instructor.

The problems facing the industry, commerce, government, and society in general continue to grow in size and complexity. The need for procedures and techniques for resolving such problems is apparent. Mathematical Modeling is an effective and a universal method for solving complex problems in different areas. The goal of this course is to provide a good background in Mathematical Modeling concepts and introduce some software applications for Mathematical Modeling of Air Pollution Processes. Subjects covered include:

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Introduction to Applied Mathematical Modeling in Environmental Studies;

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Integrating Environment, Conservation, and Health - Modeling Approaches;

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Mathematical Models of Air Pollution Processes;

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Models for Ecological Risk Assessment;

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Application Software for Mathematical Modeling of Air Pollution Modeling of Actual examples for Air Pollution.

Materials:

Books:

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A. "Scientific Methods for Ecological Research" by E. David Ford, 2000, Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 0-521-66973-1 

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B. "Ecological Integrity". Edited by D. Pimental, L. Westra, and R. Noos, 2000, Island Press. ISBN: 1-55963-807-9.

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C. "Performing Ecological Risk Assessments" by E. Calabrese and L. Baldwin, 1993, Lewis Publishers. ISBN: 0-87371-703-1.

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D. "Air Pollution Meteorology and Dispersion" by S. Arya, 1999, Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0-19-507398-3.

Methods of Instruction:

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Seminars and discussions

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Take-home assignments

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Final course material's synopsis or project

Evaluation:

Your performance in this class will be measured by take-home assignments (55%), your class participation (25%), and final course material synopsis or project (20%).

The types of assignments may include:

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in-class project discussions,

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take-home (reading) assignments.

Evaluation of your class participation will include:

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attendance,

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understanding of the course material,

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responsibility to answer professor's questions. 

The final grade will be derived from your performance on the assignments, class participation, and final essay as follows: 

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A: 90 - 100

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B: 80 - 89

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C: 70 - 79

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D: 60 - 69

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F: below 60

Tentative Schedule:

(These dates may change depending upon the pace of the course.)

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Starting

Book

Topic

1.

Jan 13

 

Brief Review of Mathematical Modeling for Environmental Studies with Emphasis for Air Quality Models.

2.

Jan 20

A

Properties and Domains of Ecological Concepts (p.p. 279-308)

3.

Jan 27

A

Strategies of Scientific Research in Ecology. The Investigation of Domains (p.p. 309-349)

4.

Feb 3

A

Use of Mathematical Models for Constructing Explanations in Ecology. Dynamic System Models. System Simulation Models (p.p. 351-391)

5.

Feb 10

B

Global Environmental Change in the 21st Century. Epidemiological Methods for Assessing the Health Impact of Diminishing Ecological Integrity (p.p. 245-279).

6.

Feb 17

B

The Cost of the Wild. A Complex Systems Approach to Urban Ecosystem Integrity (p.p. 301-335)

7.

Feb 24

C

Concepts and Theoretical Foundations of Ecological Risk Assessment. Environmental Fate Modeling (p.p. 1-37)

8.

Mar 3

D

The Air Pollution Problem. Effects of Air Pollution. Models of Atmospheric Structure and Dynamics (p.p. 1-40).

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Mar 10

 

Spring Recess

10.

Mar 17

D

Models of Atmospheric Systems and Pollutant Transport. Mesoscale Systems and Microscale Systems (p.p. 42-75).

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Mar 24

D

Gaussian Diffusion Models. Models of Plume Rise, Settling and Deposition (p.p. 197-238)

12.

Mar 31

D

Urban and Regional Air Quality Models (p.p. 269-288)

13.

Apr 7

 

Initial Analysis of Software Products Available on the Internet for Air Quality Modeling (EPA and Others Sites).

14.

Apr 14

 

Data Collection and Initial Analysis of Software Products Available on the Internet for Air Quality Modeling that Accessible from Internet.

15.

Apr 21

 

Preparing Student Project with a Review of Software for Mathematical Modeling of Air Pollution and Practical Examples of Calculations.

16.

Apr 28

 

Preparing Final Student Project and Discussion of Results.

 

Attendance policy:

It is required that students attend every seminar. You are allowed to miss up to two seminars without a written excuse. If you miss more than two seminars your grade will be reduced according to the number of missed seminars.

Plagiarism and cheating:

You may work together and share ideas on any take-home assignment; you may seek help from anyone. However, submitting identical final essay will be considered cheating. No cheating in any form will be tolerated.

 

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