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    Posted 12-15-2020 16:16:00


    We invite you to our SIMIODE EXPO 2021, 12-13 February 2020. This is SIMIODE's first international virtual conference as part of our Community of Practice.  The conference is for non-students and students interested in teaching and learning differential equations through modeling. All are welcome - academic, industry, government, non-profit, and individual. See for details.

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    SIMIODE is proud to announce a Preview Version of its forthcoming online text, Differential Equations: Modeling to Describe The World.

    Authored by the distinguished teacher and author, Kurt Bryan, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute IN USA, this text takes a modeling first and throughout approach to motivate the study and learning of differential equations in the spirit of SIMIODE, while linking to many SIMIODE Modeling Scenarios and other activities.

    The text will be available as Preview Version in January 2021 and will be freely offered immediately to those who register for  SIMIODE EXPO 2021, 12-13 February 2021, which includes a chance to meet the author in a Panel Session during the conference.

    Faculty will have an opportunity to adopt this text for their students for Fall 2021 use in their teaching for a very modest cost per student, something on the order of $45 per copy. We seek comments and feedback on the text at any time. Send them along  to

    Differential Equations: Modeling to Describe The World puts applications and modeling front and center in an introduction to ordinary differential equations. In taking this approach we do not skimp on or skip over the mathematics but use applications to motivate almost every subject and technique. The mathematics presented is interwoven with modeling to drive both the mathematics and understanding of the application under study and to make the case that differential equations provide a powerful, indispensable toolbox for describing the world.

    We present some unconventional, but important topics not usually offered in introductory texts: dimensional analysis, parameter estimation, a brief introduction to control theory via Laplace transforms, stiff systems of differential equations, and a more thorough treatment of electrical circuits. The text includes numerous exercises, including inline "Reading Exercises," as well as a section of more extensive modeling projects at the end of each chapter, many based on published SIMIODE projects, and many new activities. Several projects include data sets for experimentation and model validation.

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    SIMIODE EXPO 2021 will include contributed paper sessions in break out rooms, minicourses, poster sessions, panel discussions, lounge areas, fun MathBowl, one-on-one conversations with instant ZOOM connection for "hallway" conversations, and more – all but the smell of hot coffee!!

    The conference will run from 3:30 PM (Eastern US Time) through 9:00 PM on Friday, 12 February 2021, and from 10:00 AM through 7:00 PM on Saturday, 13 February 2021, with time for friendly conversations and meet-ups. All sessions will be recorded and available for Registered Attendees after the conference so you will not miss any session.

    Features include:

    • Exciting keynote speakers: Brian McDonald, Director of Sports Analytics at ESPN and Matt Boelkins, Grand Valley State University, Editor PRIMUS and author.
    • Student Poster Sessions
    • Four Minicourses to get hands on teaching materials
    • General Themes -  New to modeling; Actions, practice, and tips at and above the basics; Technology;  and Student focus and SCUDEM
    • Panels -  Faculty Development Programs; Assessment and Evaluation of Student Success/Gains; Introduction of SIMIODE Online Text; and SIMIODE and SCUDEM Benefits: Where to Start?
    • MathBowl fun challenge
    • Opportunities for small gatherings and "hallway" conversations through instant ZOOM

    We are now accepting full registrations and submissions for your contributed talks (title and abstract) in break out rooms at our Registration Form as well as Poster Session and Panel participation. See complete schedule at SIMIODE EXPO 2021. This is an opportunity to engage with colleagues and share your thoughts and experiences in using modeling to teach differential equations. Come join the celebration!

    There is a modest registration fee of $25US for Students and $45US for Non-Students.

    Brian Winkel,
    SIMIODE, Cornwall NY USA