Written for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in mathematics, physics, engineering, and computer science, this book introduces and builds on methods for simulating and tackling problems in a variety of applied sciences. Emphasizing "learning by doing," the authors focus on examples and applications to real-world problems, stressing concepts and minimizing technicalities. Topics covered include Pontryagin’s principle, maximizing total consumption, stock management, and diffusion in mathematical models. This text is also available as an e-book (ISBN 978-0-8176-8098-5).
An introduction to MATLAB is included, and MATLAB is used to solve many application examples. In addition, a supplemental set of MATLAB code files is available for download.