Applied Mathematics

Modeling and Simulation

What is a common example of mathematical modeling?

One of the most common examples of a mathematical model has to do with the growth of populations—human, animal, or otherwise. In the sciences, this type of mathematical modeling often leads to intelligent hypotheses about the future and past of a population—from a possible population explosion to even extinctions. (For more information about the use of mathematical modeling in the sciences, see “Math in the Natural Sciences.”)



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