Exploring Theoretical Physics Research: Pandemics and Stochastic Models

Lily Dickson

During the summer of 2020, I worked with Dr. Lipan remotely to get an introduction to the language, systems, and equations used to perform theoretical physics research. Using mathematica, we would meet over zoom to discuss the explicit actions of people in a pandemic, and how it affects the over all model of an SIR curve. We used already established forms of the SIR model and built differential equations that showcased different steps populations could take in a pandemic, changing the amount of people that were susceptible, infected, and recovered. We examined how different factors affected these populations by using our model to create graphs in mathematica establishing differences between infected, susceptible, and recovered populations.

Department:

Physics

Mentor(s):

Ovidiu Lipan