800:056 01 8:00 a.m. MWF WRT 009 Fall Semester 2003 Mathematics for Biological Sciences
Calculator: The TI-83 is required for this course. If you already have a different graphing calculator, it will probably be suitable. If you expect to take this course without a graphing calculator, talk to the instructor.
Instructor: Campbell, R. B. Wright 328. x-32447 e-mail: campbell
Office hours: MWF 9:00 (i.e., after class; tell me at the end of class if you want to see me). I will also be available at other times, you may either catch me after class, call me on the phone, or leave an e-mail message to find a time that is mutually convenient.
N.B.: There will also be scheduled times when a graduate student or advanced undergraduate is available in Wright 338 to help you with the material in this course. Help is also available in the Math Lab (Center for Academic Achievement-- SSC 214).
There will be three tests worth 100 points each and a final worth 125 points.
There will be a 7 point quiz every friday there is not a test (except the last class of the semester), the best 7 scores will be added to your point total. There will be no make-up quizzes.
Homework will be corrected using e-grade, 100 problems worth 1/2 point each will be graded.
Tentative test dates and points contributing to your grade are:
|Linear functions||chapters 1, 2||19 September||100|
|Proportions and scales||section 7.1, chapter 4||17 October||100|
|Exponential growth||chapters 5, 6||14 November||100|
|Probability (included in the final, which is comprehensive)||[Not in text]||15 December||125|
(The coverage and dates are tentative. Some sections of the listed chapters will be omitted, And I shall provide supplementary material for probaility, and perhaps other topics.
Cheating of any kind on examinations or quizzes is a serious matter as discussed in Policies and Procedures 3.01 Academic Ethics/Discipline. Sanctions may range from no credit for the test or quiz to suspension from the University.
Only 100 homework problems will be graded by e-grade. However, all of the problems in the text are good for practice (answers to odd numbered problems are in the back of the text). I shall provide a list of approximately 100 problems from the text which should be your first priority.
Attendance is not a component of your point total, but the lectures provide an important complement to the text, sometimes presenting a different focus on the material. A dearth of quizzes will negatively impact your grade.
On Friday, August 29 I shall pass around a seating plan where you will indicate where you will sit for the remainder of the semester. I hope that this will facilitate my learning of your names and your learning of each other. Although I (as a representative of the faculty) and the library are two important reasons for coming to UNI to learn instead of reading books at home, your peers are also a valuable resource.
Although this is the second edition of this text, it is not perfect. I shall try to draw to your attention any inaccuracies I notice. You are invited to draw errata to my attention. You are also invited to correct any mistakes I make in lecture.
This handout has been prepared using PC-Write. You should learn to use a word processor before you graduate. (It has been revised using the TPU texteditor on ICEMAN/COBRA/VIPER, textedit on a Sun, and Kedit under debian Linux.)
Mathematics has been charaterized as both the Queen of the sciences and the Mistress to the sciences. Although I favor the former characterization, you are more interested in the latter. This course should increase your facility with mathematics, so it can serve you in your biological quests.
My specialty within biology is in genetics, I do research in population and evolutionary genetics. My research is theoretical rather than empirical, but I have been exposed to most facets of genetics. However, remember that when I was in graduate school, they were still sequencing proteins rather than DNA.
In the event of a fire [alarm], Wright Hall may be exited by the stairwells which are located at each end (north and south) of the building. Fire extinguishers are located near each stairwell on each floor. In the event of a tornado, go to the corridor on the floor where your class is meeting, there is not room for everybody to gather on the ground floor if classes are in session; do not remain on the third (top) floor in the event of a tornado.
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