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A practical introduction to mathematical concepts and methods applied in the life sciences.

We learn mathematics through solving problems of biological interest, with emphasis on applicable skills and hands-on experience.

The full course consists of four parts (each can be taken separately):

(1) Fundamentals (construction of simple models and basic calculus)
(2) Probability (handling stochastic phenomena, groundwork for statistics)
(3) Vectors and matrices (applied to population dynamics, quantitative genetics and statistics)
(4) Dynamic models (techniques to analyse models of population growth, reaction kinetics, etc.)

Parts 1 & 2 are given in the fall semester, parts 3 & 4 in spring. Each part takes one study period (seven weeks), 2 h interactive lectures and 2 h exercises per week.

The course is specifically tailored for biology students and assumes no background in mathematics. All you need is to use Excel or any other software capable of simple calculations and plotting. Both undergraduates and graduate students are welcome.

EXAM TIMES: Tue 5 November 8.15-10.00 in BK3 4617 (using a time slot of Part 2). We can have more exam times, email me if 5 Nov is not good for you.

Enrol
12.8.2019 at 12:00 - 3.9.2019 at 23:59

Timetable

Classes on 17 and 19 September are cancelled

DateTimeLocation
Tue 3.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Thu 5.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Tue 10.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Thu 12.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Tue 17.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Thu 19.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Tue 24.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Thu 26.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Tue 1.10.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Thu 3.10.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Tue 8.10.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Thu 10.10.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Tue 15.10.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Thu 17.10.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Fri 8.11.2019
12:15 - 13:45

Material

To view the lecture notes, please log in (material restricted to course participants). If you have problems with accessing the lecture notes, email me.

Tasks

Homework exercises

Weekly homework assignments from the file "Exercises and solutions" (you find the file under "Materials"). Exercises marked with *: write down the solution as carefully as in an exam. This will be read by a fellow student. The marked exercises are not more difficult than the others.

Set 1: exercises 2*, 3, 4, 5 discussed on 12 September
Set 2: exercises 7, 8*, 10, 11 discussed on 26 September
Set 3: exercises 12, 14*, 16 discussed on 3 October
Set 4: exercises 17, (18/19)*, 20 discussed on 10 October. Choose one of 18 and 19.
Set 5: exercises 22, 25, (26/29)*, 27 discussed on 17 October. Choose one of 26 and 29. 26-27-29 are best done after the lecture of 15 October.

Conduct of the course

Homework exercises: see the weekly assignments under Tasks.

Exam: problem-solving (in writing), the problems are similar to the homework exercises. Everything may be used (books, notes, etc) but may not be shared during the exam. There is no need for laptops; nevertheless you can use your laptop if you want, but the internet connection must be switched off (download necessary files in advance). Exercise class activity decides marginal grades. This part of the course gives 3 credits (3 op)

EXAM TIMES: Tue 5 November 8.15-10.00 in BK3 4617 (using a time slot of Part 2). We can have more exam times, email me if 5 Nov is not good for you.

Description

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Construction and analysis of simple mathematical models to understand biological phenomena; basic calculus

Period I of the academic year 2017-2018. If attendance is satisfactory, offered in period I every other year (2019 etc)

A highly practical introduction to mathematical concepts and methods applied in the life sciences. We learn mathematics through solving problems of biological interest, with emphasis on applicable skills and hands-on experience. The course is specifically tailored for biology students and assumes no background in mathematics. Part 1 contains the fundamentals of mathematical modelling: construction of simple models and basic calculus.

Contact teaching; exercise classes; completion by written exam

Lecture notes (provided during the course)

0-5, exam only

Teaching in English

Eva Kisdi

Replaces the former course 57381 Mathematical methods in biology, part 1 3 cr.