University of Florida

ABE 6986
Applied Mathematics in Agriculture & Life Sciences

Semester Taught - Spring

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Mathematical methods, including regression analysis, graphical techniques, and analytical and numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations, relevant to engineering in agriculture and the related sciences..


MAP2302: Elementary Differential Equations or equivalent.

Course Objectives

  1. Increase competence with applied math as a tool of science and engineering.
  2. Discuss complementary structure (physics & math) of theories and models.
  3. Enhance capability with analytical and numerical procedures.
  4. Develop appreciation for conceptual foundations for math models.
  5. Broaden professional ability as Agricultural and Biological Engineers.


Richard V. Scholtz, III
Office: Room 107 Rogers Hall
Phone: 392-1864 x107
E-mail address:

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required

No official text. Lecture notes and other handout materials will be provided, as it becomes available, via e-learning at, look under ABE6986 in Canvas.

Class Materials Suggested


  • Abramowitz, M. and I. A. Stegun. 1965. Handbook of Mathematical Functions. Dover Publications, New York. ISBN-10: 0486612724
  • Riley, K. F., M. P. Hobson, and S. J. Bence.  1997.  Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering.  Cambridge University Press, New York. ISBN-10: 0521890675
  • Spiegel, M. R. 1965. Laplace Transforms. Schaum Publishing Co., New York. ISBN-10: 007060231X
  • Spiegel, M. R. 1968. Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables. Schaum Publishing Co., New York. ISBN-10: 0071795375

Course Outline

Basic material highlighted in these notes will be covered in lectures along with addition information. Discussions and questions during class are encouraged.

Supplemental readings will be assigned from time to time. Which are designed to enrich knowledge of and appreciation for applied math and physics.

Extensive homework assignments will be assigned, but not graded. As a graduate level math course, it is incumbent of each student to determine how to achieve mastery of each assigned problem.

There will be three equally weighted examinations, worth 30% each. The problems on the examinations will stem from those assigned as homework.

A computer is an excellent tool, but its operation will not be tested during examinations. As a helpful hint: think first, set up a problem to be solved, then and only then, compute. 

The final 10% shall come from a 5 page applied math white paper prepared and the peer reviews conducted by each student.


Grading Scale
A 92-100%
A- 90-91
B+ 88-89
B 82-87
B- 80-81
C+ 78-79
C 72-77
C- 70-71
D+ 68-69
D 62-67
D- 60-61
E <60%
Makeup Policy:

To make-up an unavoidable class period with prior notification the student will be required to attend one additional seminar. Tardiness will be treated similarly. To make up a missing class without prior notification, or excessive tardiness the student will be required to attend three addition seminars (at least one must be outside the department)

Student Evaluations:

Students are provided with the opportunity to evaluate both the merits of this course and its instructor, and students are encouraged strongly to complete the evaluations and to provide meaningfully feedback for the improvement of this course. Students may complete evaluations after the deadline to withdrawal from the course at, once the semester’ evaluations have opened. Students will be reminded once evaluations are open. Students may also review a summary of past assessments at

Academic Honesty

As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge: “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.”  You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." 
It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see:  

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. That office will provide the student with documentation that he/she must provide to the course instructor when requesting accommodation.

Use of Library, Personal References, PC Programs and Electronic Databases

These items are university property and should be utilized with other users in mind. Never remove, mark, modify nor deface resources that do not belong to you. If you're in the habit of underlining text, do it only on your personal copy. It is inconsiderate, costly to others, and dishonest to use common references otherwise.

Software Use

All faculty, staff and student of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

UF Counseling Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:

  1. University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling;
  2. Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling;
  3. Center for Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery and Education (CARE), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, sexual assault counseling;
  4. Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.