Controlled release drug delivery via polymeric microspheres: a neat application of the spherical diffusion equation
Various applied mathematics undergraduate skills are demonstrated via an adaptation of Crank's axisymmetric spherical diffusion model. By the introduction of a one-parameter Heaviside initial condition, the pharmaceutically problematic initial mass flux is attenuated. Quantities germane to the pharmaceutical industry are examined and the model is tested with data derived from industry journals. A binomial algorithm for the acceleration of alternating sequences is demonstrated. The model is accompanied by a MAPLE worksheet for further student exploration.