The Mathematics Department
will offer the courses MATH 495 followed by MATH 496, Applied Mathematics
Laboratory I and II whenever an appropriate Applied Mathematics Laboratory project has been secured. Each
course will carry three (3) credit hours. Students
must be recommended by the faculty for the course. Each student should have at
least junior standing, nine hours of mathematics and/or computer science, and
must secure the approval of the team director who is the course instructor. A
student may enroll for one or two semesters, accumulating up to six credit
hours. The course description
Investigation by a team of students under faculty
direction of a problem of mathematical and/or computational nature, chosen from
proposals submitted by clients in the university or in local industry. Team
involvement may include literature searches, model definition, collection and
analysis of data and model verification. Restricted to invited students.
The team of students will be expected to meet in a
regularly scheduled class period at least two hours a week. In addition,
students will be required to meet regularly with the team director and small
groups of other team members each week. Formal oral presentation and discussion
of work in progress should take place at each class session. Each student will
be scheduled to make presentations on a regular basis. Evaluations will be
required from all team members and the faculty director(s), and sought from all
invited guests and clients.
In addition to
oral presentations, there are several written reports required from each team.
The interim report is an account of the work of the team during the first half
of any semester. It should be prepared by the students under the guidance of the
faculty director(s) with copies submitted to the project sponsor and the
chairperson of the Applied Mathematics Laboratory Committee within one week of
lasting longer than one semester, the team prepares a first semester report. It
must be a complete account of the work of the entire semester, including
bibliography, supporting computer print-outs with complete documentation, as
well as charts and tables. The report should be sufficient to acquaint new team
members and the sponsor with the status of the investigation. An oral
presentation by the student members of the team and copies of the report will be
given to the director(s), the project sponsor, and members of the Applied
Mathematics Laboratory Committee and invited guests under guidelines stipulated
by the sponsor and the Applied Mathematics Laboratory.
At the end of the final semester of the project, the team
will prepare a final report which presents the work in detail and gives an
account of the results of the investigation. This is expected to be quite
extensive and will constitute the fulfillment of the contract with the sponsor.
The oral and written reports will be presented formally to the project team
director(s), the project sponsor, and invited guests by the student team. As
long as proprietary material can be protected, reports will be made available to
the Applied Mathematics Laboratory Committee.
Evaluations will take place at every oral and written
presentation by the team director(s) for the purpose of determining semester
grades for the student team members. Student grades will be based on the
the ability of the team member to function within the group;
the quality of the contribution of the investigative work of the team;
the demonstrated ability of the team member to communicate information effectively
both orally and in writing.
Applied Mathematics Laboratory Committee may invite students majoring in fields
other than mathematics to join teams when their sphere of expertise is necessary
for, the investigation. They will be evaluated on the basis of the criteria
above; although, of course, their contributions may vary in kind from the
Dr. Coy L. May and the 2006-2007 Applied Mathematics Laboratory team presented results of its research at Undergraduate Research Day held in the Miller Senate Office Building at the State House Complex in Annapolis, Maryland.