Offering a solid introduction to the entire modeling process, A FIRST COURSE IN MATHEMATICAL MODELING, 4th Edition delivers an excellent balance of theory and practice, giving students hands-on experience developing and sharpening their skills in the modeling process. Throughout the book, students practice key facets of modeling, including creative and empirical model construction, model analysis, and model research. The authors apply a proven six-step problem-solving process to enhance students' problem-solving capabilities -- whatever their level. Rather than simply emphasizing the calculation step, the authors first ensure that students learn how to identify problems, construct or select models, and figure out what data needs to be collected. By involving students in the mathematical process as early as possible -- beginning with short projects -- the book facilitates their progressive development and confidence in mathematics and modeling.

### Table of Contents

1. Modeling Change.

2. The Modeling Process, Proportionality, and Geometric Similarity.

3. Model Fitting.

4. Experimental Modeling.

5. Simulation Modeling.

6. Discrete Probabilistic Modeling.

7. Optimization of Discrete Models.

8. Modeling With Graph Theory.

9. Dimensional Analysis and Similitude.

10. Graphs of Functions as Models.

11. Modeling With a Differential Equation.

12. Modeling With Systems of Differential Equations.

13. Optimization of Continuous Modeling.

Appendix A: Problems from the Mathematics Contest in Modeling, 1985-2007

Appendix B: An Elevator Simulation Model.

Appendix C: The Revised Simplex Method.

Appendix D. Brief Review of Integration Techniques.