Biocalculus: Calculus for Life Sciences by James Stewart, Troy Day

By James Stewart, Troy Day

The manager objective during this textbook is to teach scholars how calculus pertains to biology, with a method that continues rigor with out being overly formal.

The textual content motivates and illustrates the themes of calculus with examples drawn from many components of biology, together with genetics, biomechanics, drugs, pharmacology, body structure, ecology, epidemiology, and evolution, to call a couple of. specific consciousness has been paid to making sure that every one purposes of the math are real, and references to the first organic literature for lots of of those has been supplied in order that scholars and teachers can discover the functions in larger intensity.

Although the focal point is at the interface among arithmetic and the existence sciences, the logical constitution of the ebook is inspired by means of the mathematical fabric. scholars will come clear of a path in accordance with this publication with a valid wisdom of arithmetic and an realizing of the significance of mathematical arguments. both very important, they'll additionally come away with a transparent knowing of ways those mathematical ideas and strategies are primary within the lifestyles sciences.

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As we learn more calculus, we repeatedly return to these topics with increasing depth. com ■ Species Richness It seems reasonable that the larger the area of a region, the larger will be the number of species that inhabit that region. To make scientific progress, however, we need to describe this relationship more precisely. Can we describe such species–area relationships mathematically, and can we use mathematics to better understand the processes that give rise to these patterns? 14 we show that the species–area relation for bats in Mexican caves is well modeled using functions called power functions.

Many biological processes––like species extinctions, the inheritance of genetic diseases, and the likelihood of success of medical procedures––involve aspects of chance that can be understood only with the use of probability theory. Furthermore, the statistical analysis of data forms the basis of all of science, including biology, and the tools of statistics are rooted in calculus and probability theory. Although this book is not the place for a thorough treatment of statistics, you will be introduced to some of the central concepts of the subject in Chapters 11 and 13.

2 Already the scope of mathematical applications to biology is enormous, having led to important insights that have revolutionized our understanding of biological processes and spawned new fields of study. These successes have reached the highest levels of scientific recognition, resulting in Nobel Prizes to Ronald Ross in 1902 for his work on malaria transmission dynamics, to Alan Lloyd Hodgkin and Andrew Fielding Huxley in 1963 for their work on the transmission of nerve impulses, and to Alan Cormack and Godfrey Hounsfield in 1979 for the development of the methodology behind the nowcommon medical procedure of CAT scans.

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