Modeling Pandemics through Mathematics (Virtual)

Modeling Pandemics through Mathematics (Virtual)
How does the number of infections due to a contagious disease change over time? Have you wanted to learn more about the R_0 “R naught” number you may have heard about on the news? This class introduces the famous SIR compartment model of Kermack and McKendrick. We will teach the basics of calculus and differential equations, and use Python to do programming. This will culminate in solving the SIR model via Python, and possibly investigating more complex models. This class is taught by CU students and faculty, and will include a talk and/or Q&A by CU professor David Bortz who is on the Colorado governor’s COVID-19 modeling team.

Questions? Contact Dr. Stephen Becker (, 303-492-0662)

- July 12-16, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- Open to high school students from any Colorado school
- Participants should have prior experience with computer programming, as we will only spend one day going over programming in Python
- Participants should have taken Algebra 2. Experience with pre-calculus and calculus is useful
Ages: 13-17
9:00 - 3:30 PM
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