Mathematical Modeling of Physical Systems provides a concise and lucid introduction to mathematical modeling for students and professionals approaching the topic for the first time. It is based on the premise that modeling is as much an art as it is a science--an art that can be mastered onlyby sustained practice. To provide that practice, the text contains approximately 100 worked examples and numerous practice problems drawn from civil and biomedical engineering, as well as from economics, physics, and chemistry. Problems range from classical examples, such as Euler's treatment of thebuckling of the strut, to contemporary topics such as silicon chip manufacturing and the dynamics of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The required mathematics are confined to simple treatments of vector algebra, matrix operations, and ordinary differential equations. Both analytical andnumerical methods are explained in enough detail to function as learning tools for the beginner or as refreshers for the more informed reader. Ideal for third-year engineering, mathematics, physics, and chemistry students, Mathematical Modeling of Physical Systems will also be a welcome addition tothe libraries of practicing professionals.