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4434Introductory Modeling in Biology
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Introductory course in quantitative biology for lower division undergraduates. A range of biological topics are covered including plant pathology, ion channels, HIV, primate sexuality, and protein phylogenetics. Students are assumed to have completed one year of undergraduate calculus, and an introductory statistics class is useful. Math skills used include graphing, probability, correlation, arrays, logarithms, and ordinary differential equations. The discrete teaching modules are designed to be self-contained lab exercises. The modules are written as Mathcad documents that the students complete for credit. Thus, students must have access to Mathcad (version 13 or higher). PDF versions of the modules are also provided for demonstration purposes.Quantitative topics in Animal Behavior
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Undergraduate computer lab designed to teach quantitative thinking in the context of Animal Behavior. Ideally, this lab would be taught as a supplement to a concurrent lecture course. Students are assumed to have completed one year of undergraduate calculus, and an introductory statistics class is useful.Topics include bird song analysis (spectrograms), stochastic movement (diffusion and biased random walks), optimization of foraging strategies, evolutionary stable strategies (ess), spatial models of foraging, neural circuits, and frequency-dependent fitness. Math skills used include graphing, probability, arrays, logarithms, discrete-time models, and phase plane analysis.The modules are designed to be self-contained lab exercises. They are Mathcad documents that the students complete for credit. Thus, students must have access to Mathcad (version 13 or higher). PDF versions of the modules are also provided for demonstration purposes.Quantitative topics in Biochemistry
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Undergraduate lab series designed to familiarize students with using computer models to answer biochemical questions. Ideally, this lab would be taught as a supplement to a concurrent lecture course. Students are assumed to have completed one year of undergraduate calculus.Topics include acid-base chemistry, Gibbs free energy, Michaelis-Menten kinetics, enzyme inhibition, hemoglobin, and the Bohr effect. Math skills used include graphing (2-D and 3-D), algebra, logarithms, and numerical solutions to systems of equations.The modules are designed to be self-contained lab exercises. They are Mathcad documents that the students complete for credit. Thus, students must have access to Mathcad (version 13 or higher). PDF versions of the modules are also provided for demonstration purposes.Quantitative Topics in Neurobiology
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Undergraduate computer lab designed to teach quantitative thinking in the context of neurobiology. Ideally, this lab would be taught as a supplement to a concurrent lecture course. Students are assumed to have completed one year of undergraduate calculus.Topics include Nernst equation, GHK equation, passive electrical spread, voltage clamp, action potentials, synaptic currents, reciprocal inhibition, lateral inhibition, and the swimming circuit of Tritonia. Math skills used include graphing, logarithms, differential equations, and discrete-time models.The modules are designed to be self-contained lab exercises. They are Mathcad documents that the students complete for credit. Thus, students must have access to Mathcad (version 13 or higher). PDF versions of the modules are also provided for demonstration purposes.