Following in the tradition of "Consider a Spherical Cow", the "Cylindrical Cow" seeks to help students achieve a whole new level of environmental modelling and problem solving. Featuring a new core set of 25 fully worked out problems, this book uses real problems in environmental science rather than relying on the more traditional "cookbook" problems found in textbooks. It is organized according to five thematic sections on probability, optimization, scaling, differential equations, and stability and feedback. Each section begins with a general treatment of the relevant mathematical concepts, and concludes with a range of homework exercises to help students sharpen their modelling skills. Like its predecessor, this book should empower students with the mathematical skills needed to cut through the complexity of real world problems.
Publisher: University Science Books,U.S.