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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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.
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