Biologists are increasingly using mathematical models to help understand the world around us. In this new course you will learn about the most widely used type of model: differential equation models. Using real-world examples drawn from many areas of biology (such as ecology, evolution, epidemiology and virology) you will learn the mathematical techniques that are used to explore and understand this type of model. Our exploration of models will involve hands-on computer activities, starting with web-based apps and moving on to learning how to write your own code. In our journey through this course you will see how models are put together and analyzed, as well as learning some new biology along the way.
Where and when?: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30-2:45pm, SAS Hall, room 4201.
Prerequisites: Two semesters of calculus, e.g. MA 131 and MA 231. NO previous computing experience is required.