A Markov Chain of Plastic Recycling and other Math Models - Therese Shelton (Southwestern University) | Department of Mathematics

A Markov Chain of Plastic Recycling and other Math Models - Therese Shelton (Southwestern University)

Event Information
Event Location: 
GAB 104 (Refreshments at 3:30 in GAB 472)
Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

Math Modeling is a creative and exciting endeavor that can be applied to a variety of real-world situations. We give some examples of models and focus on a Markov chain of the flow of plastic in a recycling system in Bangladesh. We show some small proofs and coding in Mathematica, including a generalized model. Linear, exponential, and logistic functions are used to describe the amounts of plastic at different stages, from imported plastic pellets to landfill.

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