Mathematics for the Life Sciences

**Course Materials**

- Course Syllabus (pdf)
- Course Syllabus (webpage)
- Grading Scale (text)
- Initial Notes to Students (webpage)
- Study Skills and Tips for Succeeding in Math151 (text)
- UTK Biology Degree Learning Objectives and Math151 (text)

** NOTICE:** Expectations Prior to the First Class meeting:

(i) Download and install MATLAB on your computer (See syllabus for links on how to do the install);

(ii) Read Chapter 1 of the Textbook and look at the assignment for the first class day.

** NOTES:** Changes from Original Syllabus:

Exam 2 is moved from Monday October 26 to Thursday October 29. The October 29 class will spend the first 15 minutes going over any questions regarding the course material, and then the exam will last 60 minutes.

Exam 3 is moved from Wednesday November 18 to Thursday November 19. The November 19 class will spend the first 15 minutes going over any questions regarding the course material, and then the exam will last 60 minutes.

** NOTES:** Changes of due date for Matlab Project 4 - assignment 17 :

This is now due on Thursday Nov 3. One of your colleagues pointed out an issue to me that could have caused errors in your results if you used the LeslieFecundity.m file as a template for doing parts 1 (c), (d) and (e) of the project. I have placed a new versions of the Matlab code, called LeslieFecundityV2.m on the matlabfiles page linked below that corrects this issue.

** NOTES:** Another change in Project 4 on Bison Matrix Model

One of your colleagues pointed out a problem he was having understanding the output for problem 1 (e) in the project. It turns out that when you set adult survivorship = 0 in this part, all the eigenvalues are the same magnitude and the code then doesn't necessarily pick out the positive (not a complex number) eigenvalue and may get the eigenvector wrong too. So it is best for 1 (e) to not run it with the zero case for survivorship. That is use a vector like sa=[.3 .5 .75 .95 .99]; rather than sa=[0 .3 .5 .75 .95 .99].

** NOTES:** Review Days for Exam3 and for Final Exam

We will have time on Wednesday November 18 to review the material for Exam3, which covers Chapters 10-13 of the text. Monday November 30 (our last class meeting) will be a review of the entire course in preparation for the Final Exam. I will post a Sample Exam 3 and a Sample Final exam.

** Offices and Office Hours**

Louis Gross: Office is 401B Austin Peay and Office Hours are Mondays 11-1 and Wednesdays 11-12:15, with other hours by appointment. Email Dr. Gross to make an appointment.

Athmanathan Senthilnathan (Teaching Assistant for Sections #1 and #2): Office is 403A Austin Peay and Office Hours are Tuesday 1:10-3:10, with other hours by appointment. If you cannot attend office hours for your TA, you can go to the office hours for the other TA. Email to make an appointment.

Tyler Poppenwimer (Teaching Assistant for Sections #3 and #4): Office is 401A Austin Peay and Office Hours are Wednesday 2:30-4:30, with other hours by appointment. If you cannot attend office hours for your TA, you can go to the office hours for the other TA. Email to make an appointment.

** Assignments **

Assignment 1 - Project #1 (Due Aug. 20)

Assignment 2 - Project #2 (Due 5 p.m. Aug. 22)

Assignment 3 - Chapter 1 exercises (Due Aug. 24)

Assignment 4 - Chapter 2 exercises (Due Aug. 26)

Assignment 5 - Chapter 3 exercises (Due Aug. 31)

Assignment 6 - Chapter 4 exercises set 1 (Due Sept. 9)

Assignment 7 - Chapter 4 exercises set 2 (Due Sept. 14)

Assignment 8 - Project #3 (Due Sept. 17)

Assignment 9 - Chapter 5 exercises set 1 (Due Sept. 24)

Assignment 10 - Chapter 5 exercises set 2 (Due Sept. 28)

Assignment 11 - Chapter 6 exercises (Due Sept. 30)

Assignment 12 - Chapter 7 exercises (Due Oct. 5)

Assignment 13 - Chapter 8 exercises set 1 (Due Oct. 7)

Assignment 14 - Chapter 8 exercises set 2 (Due Oct. 12)

Assignment 15 - Chapter 9 exercises set 1 (Due Oct. 14)

Assignment 16 - Chapter 9 exercises set 2 (Due Oct. 19)

Assignment 17 - Project #4 (Due Oct. 29)

Assignment 18 - Chapter 10 - Read Unit 3 Introduction and Section 10.1 (Due Oct. 26)

Assignment 19 - Chapter 10 exercises set #1 (Due Oct. 28)

Assignment 20 - Chapter 10 exercises set #2 (Due Nov. 2)

Assignment 21 - Chapter 11 exercises set #1 (Due Nov. 4)

Assignment 22 - Chapter 11 exercises set #2 (Due Nov. 9)

Assignment 23 - Project #5 (Due Nov. 23)

Assignment 24 - Chapter 12 exercises (Due Nov. 11)

Assignment 25 - Chapter 13 exercises (Due Nov. 16)

Assignment 26 - Chapter 14 exercises set #1 (Due Nov. 23)

Assignment 27 - Chapter 14 exercises set #2 (Due Nov. 25)

** MATLAB **

OIT Software Distribution site (To download and install MATLAB)

MATLAB Tutorial site

MATLAB .m Files used in the Textbook

Tutorial Videos about MATLAB

Matlab files discussed in class

** References cited in classes **

List of papers mentioned in class as examples of applications of math to life sciences

Analysis of the cost of this course from August 19 class

** Slides shown in classes **

Introductory slides with course objectives and illustrations of researchers in quantitative biology (Aug. 19, 2015) (ppt)

Brief summary of learning objectives from height analysis project (Aug. 24, 2015) (ppt)

White Board notes from Suzanne Lenhart's presentation (Sept. 9, 2015) (pdf)

White Board notes from Suzanne Lenhart's presentation (Sept. 14, 2015) (pdf)

** Sample Exams **

Sample Exam 1 (pdf)

Sample Exam 1 Answers (pdf)

Sample Exam 2 (pdf)

Sample Exam 2 Answers (pdf)

Sample Exam 3 (pdf)

Sample Exam 3 Answers (pdf)

Sample Final Exam (pdf)

Sample Final Exam Answers (pdf)

** Exam Summary Statistical Results **

Exam 1 Statistical Summary - Original (pdf)

Exam 1 Statistical Summary with Quiz grades added (pdf)

Exam 2 Statistical Summary (pdf)

Exam 3 Statistical Summary (pdf)

Final Exam Statistical Summary (pdf)

** Student Feedback Summary **

Student Feedback from October 8 - summary of responses (pdf)

** Extra Credit **

Extra Credit Options are described here

** Chat Discussion Documents **

Chat for August 24, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for August 26, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for August 31, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for September 16, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for September 20, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for October 7, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for October 12, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for October 19, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for October 21, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for October 26, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for October 28, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for November 2, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for November 9, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for November 17, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for November 18, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for December 1, 2015 (pdf)

Chat for December 2, 2015 (pdf)

** Height Analysis Project **

Original assignment to collect data

Matlab file for analysis of the data collected from class observations on height change overnight (.m file)

Data from class after some cleaning to remove text in numeric fields but with all height data including some wacky ones (comma delimited text file)

** Tutorial help **

Math Department Tutorial Center

Office of Disability Services with detailed information on services available to students with disabilities

** Web resources related to mathematics and biology **

- Society for Mathematical Biology
- National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
- Modules applying elementary mathematics to various topics in General Biology
- How does Biology affect Mathematics? (Essay for Mathematics Awareness Month Home Page)
- Mathematics and Ecology (Essay for Mathematics Awareness Month Home Page)
- Mathematics in Biology (Science On-Line Page)
- BioQuest Project
- QUBES Project