December 17 – 19, 2010
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Powai, Mumbai – 400 076.
It is well-known that any scientific investigation / study require one or more branches of mathematics. Over the past few years, almost every subject has started utilizing mathematical tools, as mathematics gives a precise way of formulating and analysing a problem to make logical conclusions. Mathematical modelling is the means by which mathematics becomes useful to virtually any subject. Inclusion of math modelling in regular teaching not only gives students an opportunity to relate abstract concepts with real life problems, it also promotes collaborative enquiry and experimentation work, and discussion about math concepts.
Since “teachers teach as they have been taught,” the workshop is designed to
- ·Introduce Modelling Instruction and equip science teachers to enhance and expand student interest in learning as they develop a practical, conceptual understanding.
- ·Prepare teachers to implement Modelling Instruction pedagogy and materials into their classroom, by giving them the theory and practice inputs.
WHO WILL BENEFIT
Science and Math teachers at secondary/Sr. Secondary level at schools and junior colleges.
All the participants will be given a Participation Certificate by IIT Bombay.
Mathematical modeling is a subject without boundaries. Not only one needs to know the mathematical concepts, also the techniques and tools need for the processes. The workshop will have two components: Theory and practice. In the theory part we intend to discuss Curve Fitting, Empirical modeling, Discrete Dynamical systems, modeling based on differential equations, and simulations. Practice sessions will have hands on sessions with technological tools: Modeling using calculators, modeling using Microsoft Excel, and modeling using the computer algebra system MAPLE (No prior knowledge of MAPLE is needed)
Theory lectures of 90 minutes each in the morning sessions and hands on practice sessions of 90 minutes each every day between 9.30am – 5.30pm.
Dr. Inder K. Rana
Department of Mathematics
Indian Institute of Technology, Powai
Mumbai 400076, India