Class Activities - Spring 2003
Thr.  April 24
We continued and concluded our discussions of the traffic model.  There are many different possibilities for the model.  For the purpose of our assignment, most of the models were simplified significantly so we could implement them.     

Thr. April 17

Our discussions on the traffic model continued.  Groups talked about their methods and presented a summary on their findings.  They described the model that they were planning to work on.  We  had Pizza during our discussions.  Description of the final project was given out.

Thr. April 10

We discussed the solutions to the cell model and started our discussions of the traffic model that is based on the same concepts.

Thr. April 3
We discussed the model of a cell and discussed the requirements for a stochastic simulation of this model.  Assignment (5) and Assignment (6) were given out.

Thr. March 27
This was the second meeting of the series in Computational Biology.  Dr. Eric Marland discussed the importance of Taylor Series in modeling stochastic problems. He used maple to demonstrate how Mrkov Chains are created and and how they can be used in modeling biological systems.  He started the discussions on the modeling of a biological cell and gave Assignment (4) for next week.

Thr. March 20
We went to the Computational Biology Lab to discuss the applications of cs and math in biology.  We had a guest speaker (a short AVI movie clip) from biology department.  Students learned to simulate a biological problem using a computer simulation and were given an assignment to read a paper and discuss the methods used in the paper and explain some of the things that were not done correctly.


Thr. March 13
Spring Break  

Thr. March 6
We continued our discussions of Monte Carlo simulation.  

Thr. Feb. 27
We went to computer lab to complete the design and start testing the Monte Carlo simulator that we had designed.  We continued our discussion of Monte Carlo simulation.  

Thr. Feb. 20
We continued our discussion of Monte Carlo simulation.  

Thr. Feb. 13
We continued our discussion of Monte Carlo simulation.  

Thr. Feb. 6
We started our discussion of Monte Carlo simulation.  We came to the conclusion that such a simulation requires involvement of mathematics, computer science, and statistics.  It also requires the knowledge of the field in which the problem will be solved.    

Thr. Jan. 30
Both the individual and group part of Assignment (1) was due.  We started discussing the paper that we read last week.  Students were required to come up with four different ways to encourage and increase cs and math involvement for cs and math majors. We came up with an idea that perhaps some problems that involves different fields can increase students involvement in cs, math and other majors.  We will talk about Monte Carlo simulation starting next week as a sample problem. 


Thr. Jan. 23
Snow day.  The 8th time in the history of Appalachian.  School were closed due to the freezing rain.  Students were happy to stay home, not because they missed the classes, because they just didn't want to be on the road in such a weather.  I drove to school at 7:35 in the morning only to find out there was no class that day.  It was hard to drive.

Thr. Jan. 16
We discussed the syllabus of the course.  The mentor form, group meeting form, study group, and group members form were handed out to students.  Six mentoring groups were established and students were asked once between now and the next meeting to discuss the meeting time and to select a faculty mentor and to discuss Aassignment (1).  The assignment is to read a paper that highlights the importance of math in cs and write a paragraph individually and then write a conclusion as group. The Individual Part of Assignment (1) is Due on Thr. Jan. 23 and the Group Part is Due on Jan. 30.