This one semester special topics course provides an introduction to the mathematical techniques used in modeling various phenomena in biology, by extending the methods of calculus and differential equations to include aspects of nonlinearity, complex variables, combinatorics, and probability. It is a pilot for a future sequel to the Math 140B/141B sequence. Topics will include: predator-prey population dynamics, SIR and epidemic models, Huxley-Fischer models of gene propagation, logarithmic distributions, linearization, and stability.
MWF 1:25-2:15pm (3 cr) / 103 Osmond / Registrar Schedule Number: 29170
Essential Mathematical Biology, 1st edition, Corr. 2nd printing Edition,
by Nicholas F. Britton
A Biologist's Guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Evolution, 1st edition, Corr. 2nd printing Edition,
by Sarah P. Otto and Troy Day
There are eBooks available for both of these texts. They will be supplemented by relevant biological journal articles which we will discuss, supplementary detailed notes, etc.
Math 140B and 141B, or consent of the instructor
Last modified 8 August 2o17