Synopses & Reviews
Biological systems are often best explored and explained using the power of maths - from the rate at which enzymes catalyse essential life processes, to the way populations ebb and flow as predators and prey interact. Mathematical tools lie at the heart of understanding biological systems - and mathematical skills are essential for success as a bioscientist.
Core Maths for the Biosciences introduces the range of mathematical concepts that bioscience students may encounter - and need to master - during the course of their studies. Starting from fundamental concepts, the book blends clear explanations and biological examples throughout as it takes the reader towards some of the most sophisticated yet elegant mathematical tools in use by biologists today.
Reflecting the use of maths in the exploration of biology today, the book shows how computational approaches are applied to probe biological questions, and makes extensive use of computational support to help the reader develop mathematical skills for themselves - both through online graph-plotting software, and interactive ExcelRG workbooks.
Core Maths for the Biosciences is the ideal course companion as you master the mathematical skills you need to complete your undergraduate studies.
Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource Centre to accompany Core Maths for the Biosciences features
For registered adopters of the book:
DT Figures from the book in electronic format
DT Solutions to all end of chapter exercises
DT A test bank of questions for both formative and summative assessment
DT Solutions to around half of the end of chapter exercises
DT Access to FNGraph, the graph-plotting software featured in the book
An extensive range of interactive ExcelR workbooks, to help the reader master some of the concepts presented in the book through hands-on learning
About the Author
Dr. Martin Reed
is Director of Teaching in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath, and has taught maths in universities since 1973, both in the UK and overseas (Swaziland, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania); the latter experience has developed his ability to explain subtle concepts in simple, clear language. Prior to his position at Bath, Martin was a member of the Biosciences Department at Brunel University, where he taught core skills to all first year students.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Arithmetic, Algebra and Functions
1. Arithmetic and Algebra
2. Units, Precision and Accuracy
3. Data tables, graphs, interpolation
4. Molarity and dilutions
5. Variables, functions and equations
6. Linear functions and curve sketching
7. Quadratic and Polynomial Functions
8. Fitting curves, and reciprocal and inverse functions
9. Periodic functions
10. Exponential and logarithmic functions
Part 2: Calculus and Differential Equations
11. Instantaneous rate of change: the derivative
12. Rules of differentiation
13. Applications of differentiation
14. Techniques of integration
15. The Definite Integral
16. Differential equations I
17. Differential equations II
18. Dynamical systems