12.586 Modeling Environmental Complexity
Introduction to mathematical and physical models of environmental processes. Emphasis on the development of macroscopic continuum or statistical descriptions of complex microscopic dynamics. Problems of interest include: random walks and statistical geometry of landscapes; percolation theory and transport in disordered media; fractals, scaling, and universality; ecological dynamics and the structure of ecosystems, food webs, and other natural networks; kinetics of biogeochemical cycles. Appropriate for advanced undergraduates. Beginning graduate students are encouraged to register for 12.586. Students taking the graduate version complete different assignments.
This class has 18.03 as a prerequisite.
12.586 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by D. H. Rothman.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.
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