Science One: Integrating Mathematical Biology into a First-year Science Program. Mark MacLean Department of Mathematics The University of British Columbia (Vancouver). Outline of Talk. Description of Science One Role of Mathematical Biology in the Program
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Science One: Integrating Mathematical Biology into a First-year Science Program
Department of Mathematics
The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
The mathematics curriculum is based on calculus and elementary differential equations (primarily ODEs), plus some extras
Most Science One students (70%+) are interested in pursuing a life sciences degree.
To help students develop mathematical modeling skills, including
Example: Elasticity of Nereocystis leutkeana (bull kelp)
Elasticity is the derivative of stress (Force per unit area) with respect to strain (relative change in length)
Photo: Tom Bird
Example: Michaelis-Menten type models
Lewis et al., J. Theor. Biol. 65 (3), 1977, 579--590.
Example: Metastatic tumors
Example: SIR epidemic models and HIV/AIDS
Figure from Bearman et al., American Journal of Psychology, 110 (2004), 44-91.
How do you satisfy the Dean?
Our approach: (joint with Neil Dryden, UBC-V Chemistry)
There appears to be little correlation between high school admission averages and first-year averages at UBC.
Difference between organic chemistry grade and sessional average:
BSc: -9.95 Selected: -9.07 Science One: -5.47
Difference between genetics grade and sessional average
BSc: -4.81 Selected Life Sciences; -1.57 Science One: +2.67