Given that a college level life science student will take only one additional calculus course after learning its very basics, what material should such a course cover? This book answers that question. It is based on a very successful one-semester course taught at Harvard and aims to teach students in the life sciences understanding the use of differential equations. It is enriched with illustrative examples from real papers. Necessary notions from linear algebra and partial differential equations are introduced as and when needed, and in the context of applications. Drawing on a very successful one-semester course at Harvard, this text aims to teach students in the life sciences how to use differential equations. It is enriched with illustrative examples from real papers. Necessary notions from mathematics are introduced as and when needed, and in the context of applications. Aimed at biologists wishing to understand mathematical modelling rather than just learning math methods.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. Exponential growth with appendix on Taylor's theorem; 3. Introduction to differential equations; 4. Stability in a one component system; 5. Systems of first order differential equations; 6. Phase plane analysis; 7. Introduction to vectors; 8. Equilibrium in two component, linear systems; 9. Stability in non-linear systems; 10. Non-linear stability again; 11. Matrix notation; 12. Remarks about Australian predators; 13. Introduction to advection; 14. Diffusion equations; 15. Two key properties of the advection and diffusion equations; 16. The no trawling zone; 17. Separation of variables; 18. The diffusion equation and pattern formation; 19. Stability criteria; 20. Summary of advection and diffusion; 21. Traveling waves; 22. Traveling wave velocities; 23. Periodic solutions; 24. Fast and slow; 25. Estimating elapsed time; 26. Switches; 27. Testing for periodicity; 28. Causes of chaos; Extra exercises and solutions; Index.