The Application for the 2019 Fall Semester in Mathematical Tools for Modeling is NOW OPEN!



The last forty years have seen an accelerating trend toward the applicability of mathematics. To such a degree that, today, they flood and permeate our whole life: finance, climate, electronic commerce, communication and new materials, to name but a few. Many of the ground-breaking technologies that have become available in recent years are mathematical in nature. A strong background in the basic aspects of these mathematical tools is fundamental to understanding their effectiveness and for developing new technologies. This success cannot be explained without the equally accelerated power of computation available to us. By combining mathematical techniques and computational power, we can tackle problems that were unthinkable a few years ago.

The complexity of today's challenges requires the participation of multidisciplinary teams in which mathematicians play a central role. Successful participation in this process requires not only a solid foundation in some mathematical disciplines, but also the ability to manage the computer implementations that facilitate their application to specific problems.

During this semester, we focus on six areas of Mathematics which have had a huge impact on applications: Algebra, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Differential Geometry, Dynamics Modeling, and Probability. The courses combine an overview of the basic aspects of each area with interesting applications based on state-of-the-art software. The ability to use mathematical techniques to model real-life situations gives participants in this semester a definite advantage in a world with problems that become more challenging and complex every day. In this semester, we provide the basic tools to tackle a variety of dynamic problems. 


The aim of this semester is to learn and master the mathematical and computational foundations necessary for students majoring in Math to deepen their knowledge and practical skills in areas related to modeling.

The aim is for students to develop the following skills by the end of the semester:

  1. master the basic results in the mathematical areas covered during the semester—linear algebra, differential equations, differential geometry, functions of a complex variable, algebra and probability—needed to develop mathematical models for concrete problems;
  2. master the main software tools related to these fields and be able to solve relevant modeling problems;
  3. form part of multidisciplinary teams to solve modeling problems;
  4. discover aspects of the Mexican culture by immersing themselves in one of its most vibrant historical cities in the heartland of Mexico.


    Successful applicants will:

    • be currently enrolled in a higher education institution, pursuing a major in Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science, or any major with a strong grounding in Mathematics.
    • have studied at least one linear algebra course and the standard calculus sequence ending with multivariate calculus. In calculus, the applicant should be familiar with the notions of integration, derivatives, series, limits; in linear algebra, the student should be familiar with the concepts of vector spaces, bases, dimensions, matrices, linear transformations, determinants, kernels; in multivariate calculus, the student should be familiar with the concepts of derivative of a map from Rd to Rk for d and k up to three, chain rule, Hessian, maxima and minima, gradient, cross and dot products.
    • have studied an elementary Probability or Probability and Statistics course.


      Click on the tiles below to see details of each of the courses in the program*

        *Minimum course load = four per semester

      Extra: Workshop on Computational Tools for Modeling [2 weeks]

      • Introduction to programming in Python: variables, conditionals, loops, functions, introduction to classes.
      • Introduction to programming in R.
      • Introduction to SageMath.