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.