 
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
Email: 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:

Introduction to Applied Mathematical Modeling in
Environmental Studies;


Integrating Environment, Conservation, and Health  Modeling
Approaches;


Mathematical Models of Air Pollution Processes;


Models for Ecological Risk Assessment;


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

Materials:
Books:

A. "Scientific Methods for Ecological Research" by
E. David Ford, 2000, Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 0521669731


B. "Ecological Integrity". Edited by D. Pimental,
L. Westra, and R. Noos, 2000, Island Press. ISBN: 1559638079.


C. "Performing Ecological Risk Assessments" by E.
Calabrese and L. Baldwin, 1993, Lewis Publishers. ISBN: 0873717031.


D. "Air Pollution Meteorology and Dispersion" by
S. Arya, 1999, Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0195073983.

Methods of Instruction:

Seminars and discussions


Takehome assignments


Final course material's synopsis or project

Evaluation:
Your performance in this class will be measured by takehome
assignments (55%), your class participation (25%), and final course material
synopsis or project (20%).
The types of assignments may include:

inclass project discussions,


takehome (reading) assignments.

Evaluation of your class participation will include:

attendance,


understanding of the course material,


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:

A: 90  100


B: 80  89


C: 70  79


D: 60  69


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. 279308)

3.

Jan 27

A

Strategies of Scientific Research in Ecology. The Investigation of
Domains (p.p. 309349)

4.

Feb 3

A

Use of Mathematical Models for Constructing Explanations in Ecology.
Dynamic System Models. System Simulation Models (p.p. 351391)

5.

Feb 10

B

Global Environmental Change in the 21^{st} Century.
Epidemiological Methods for Assessing the Health Impact of Diminishing
Ecological Integrity (p.p. 245279).

6.

Feb 17

B

The Cost of the Wild. A Complex Systems Approach to Urban Ecosystem
Integrity (p.p. 301335)

7.

Feb 24

C

Concepts and Theoretical Foundations of Ecological Risk Assessment.
Environmental Fate Modeling (p.p. 137)

8.

Mar 3

D

The Air Pollution Problem. Effects of Air Pollution. Models of
Atmospheric Structure and Dynamics (p.p. 140).

9.

Mar 10


Spring Recess

10.

Mar 17

D

Models of Atmospheric Systems and Pollutant Transport. Mesoscale
Systems and Microscale Systems (p.p. 4275).

11.

Mar 24

D

Gaussian Diffusion Models. Models of Plume Rise, Settling and
Deposition (p.p. 197238)

12.

Mar 31

D

Urban and Regional Air Quality Models (p.p. 269288)

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 takehome
assignment; you may seek help from anyone. However, submitting identical final
essay will be considered cheating. No cheating in any form will be tolerated.
