User talk:Conor Keith

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Week 7 Modeling Project Feedback

Overall, you did a very nice job on the modeling and optimization. There is a point for which we'd like some clarification, though. You mention on Slide 18 that you are "maximizing ethanol production at the minimum fermentation time." You need to explain this more. Is the final time free? Is the final time optimized? Your presentation of the optimality conditions is unclear on this point. We would like for you to provide a more detailed account of how you set up the optimization problem. Ben G. Fitzpatrick 22:42, 13 March 2017 (EDT)

Week 3 Feedback

Thank you for submitting your Week 3 assignment on time. Your definitions and outline were complete. I have a couple of notes on referencing.

  • You did not provide in text citations for the definitions to their corresponding references in the references section. While it was clear which went with which because of the website names, it is a best practice to provide the in text citations.
  • Please provide the DOI number for citations to journal articles. Since Google Scholar does not provide it automatically, it needs to be copied from the journal article itself or from PubMed.
  • Coming from a completely different field, I can understand the difficulty of dealing with the biological jargon in the paper. I am glad you found the figures easier to understand. As for Figure 3, hopefully what we are doing in class right now should shed some light on that. Briefly, the investigators made extracted the enzymes from the cells and mixed them with an excess of substrate. They detected the presence of the product, probably with some kind of light-based assay (a color change when product was formed, for example).

Kam D. Dahlquist 18:12, 14 February 2017 (EST)

Week 1 Redux

I have reviewed the updates you made for the Week 1 assignment. You wrote something in the summary field 49 out of the last 50 edits; excellent work! You completed all of the requested changes on time except for the following:

  • Your snail mail is now present, but needs commas for proper presentation.
  • You are still missing a heading at the "====" level.

Kam D. Dahlquist 01:40, 14 February 2017 (EST)

Week 1 Feedback

  • Thank you for submitting your Week 1 entries on time.
  • You may want to delete the automated text on this Talk page below the dividing line below. You can keep it if you want, of course.
  • You completed all of the assigned tasks except for the following:
    • You provided your departmental affiliation, but please give the snail mail address for LMU (1 LMU Drive, etc.), as well.
    • Your career interests and goals are missing. What do you want to do post-LMU?
    • You wrote something in the summary field for 25 out of 36 edits made to your user page (69%). This is pretty good, but we are aiming for 100%.
    • You need to show at least three levels of headings, ==, ===, ====. You only have the == level.
    • You added the category to your user page manually. Since it is already in your template, and you invoked your template on the page, it is redundant. In the future, you just need to remember to invoke your template on each new individual journal pate.
    • When you invoked your template, you put it after an asterisk which made that funny bullet point and broke the formatting of the header. Invoke the template on its own line.
    • On your template, the "Assignment page" link is duplicated. As discussed in class today, you should make a list on your template of all the course assignment pages, your individual journal entries, the shared class entries, and a link to your User page (as well as the category, which you already have).
    • Please include a References section on every individual journal entry. You should at least provide the reference for the assignment page.
  • You can make up the points you lost on this assignment by completing these requested changes by the Week 3 deadline, midnight Feb. 2.
  • I'm glad the Janovy reading changed your mind about being a biologist!

Kam D. Dahlquist 17:50, 24 January 2017 (EST)

Talk responses

  • Russia recently unveiled images of its new intercontinental ballistic missile nicknamed "Satan 2." It's range exceeds 11,000km and it is claimed that it capable of wiping out a landmass the size of Texas. Russia claims this new missile has been designed to outmaneuver current anti-missile defense systems. My question is two-fold: 1) What are the characteristics of a missile like the "Satan 2" that would allow it to outmaneuver missile defense systems? (Is it undetectable? Too fast?...) and 2) What branch of mathematics is most commonly used by mathematicians when developing new missile defense technologies? Conor Keith 21:53, 16 January 2017 (EST)


From my limited experience in missile defense work, I'd say making missiles smaller is the number one best protection: makes them harder to hit. Shrinking electronics and more efficient chemistry allow that to happen. A more subtle defense against directed energy (laser, e.g.) is to spin the missile so the laser cannot maintain a fixed aimpoint to kill the missile.

Missile defense depends on a number of mathematical technologies. Time series analysis is very important, as dynamic tracking and prediction of trajectories is required to target and defeat a missile. Decision theory and optimization come into play when we have to sort out best approaches to defense.

Ben G. Fitzpatrick 13:03, 17 January 2017 (EST)

Please see my response to your question on my user talk page. Kam D. Dahlquist 17:40, 24 January 2017 (EST)

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