Modelling traffic flow: Solving and interpreting differential equations

M McCartney, Malachy Carey

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A simple mathematical model for how traffic flows along a road is introduced. The resulting first-order ordinary differential equations can be used as an application of solution techniques taught at A-level and first year undergraduate level, and as a motivator to encourage students to think critically about the physical interpretation of the results which the equation produces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-121
JournalTeaching Mathematics and its Applications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1999


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