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Consider a Cylindrical Cow

More adventures in environmental problem solving

By John Harte

Paperback
Feb 2001 , 211 pp
ISBN 9781891389177
Price: £41.99, $52.00
Following in the tradition of Consider a Spherical Cow, the Cylindrical Cow will help students achieve a whole new level of environmental modeling 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 & 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 modeling skills.  Like its predecessor, this book will empower students with the mathematical skills needed to cut through the complexity of real-world problems.

Chapter I     PROBABILITY


Introduction

Background

Problems


1. Pick Your Poison

2. Infanticide in China?

3. Caesar's Last Breath

4. A blot from the Blue?

5. On the Street Where You Live


Chapter II    OPTIMIZATION


Introduction

Background

Problems


1. Advice for Farmers

2. Efficient Censusing

3. Blowing in the Wind

4. Haste Makes Waste

5. Biting the Hand that Feeds Us


Chapter III    SCALING AND DIMENSIONAL CONSISTENCY


Introduction

Background

Problems


1. How Tall Can a Mountain Be?

2. Sleeping Bears

3. Little Green Men?

4. What a Drag

5. Saving the Species: The role of Reserve Shape


Chapter IV     CORE MODELS OF CHANGE IN TIME AND SPACE


Introduction

Background

Problems


1. Pollutant Stock-and-Flow: Reconstructing CO2 Emissions

2. Population: Limits to Growth

3. Climate: Influence of Solar Variability

4. Community Ecology: Origins of Cycles

5. Biogeochemistry: Nitrogen Fertilization and the Carbon Sink


Chapter V    STABILITY AND FEEDBACK


Introduction

Background

Problems


1. Stability of the Core Models

2. Some Say in Ice

3. Biting the Hand that Feeds Us (II)

4. Sagebrush World

5. Will the Seas Go Flat?


Appendix: Useful Mathematical Expressions and Approximations

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