Calculus For Biology and Medicine

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/3/2010
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For a two-semester or three-semester course in Calculus for Life Sciences.

Calculus for Biology and Medicine, Third Edition, addresses the needs of students in the biological sciences by showing them how to use calculus to analyze natural phenomena without compromising the rigorous presentation of the mathematics.

While the table of contents aligns well with a traditional calculus text, all the concepts are presented through biological and medical applications. The text provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and interpret mathematical models of a diverse array of phenomena in the living world. Since this textbook is written for college freshmen, the examples were chosen so that no formal training in biology is needed.

This volume teaches calculus in the biology context without compromising the level of regular calculus. The material is organized in the standard way and explains how the different concepts are logically related. Each new concept is typically introduced with a biological example; the concept is then developed without the biological context and then the concept is tied into additional biological examples. The book features exceptionally detailed, step-by-step, worked-out examples and a variety of problems, including an unusually large number of word problems.

Preview and Review; Discrete Time Models, Sequences, and Difference Equations; Limits and Continuity; Differentiation; Applications of Differentiation; Integration; Integration Techniques and Computational Methods; Differential Equations; Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry; Multivariable Calculus; Systems of Differential Equations; Probability and Statistics

For all readers interested in calculus for biology and medicine.

Author Biography

Claudia Neuhauser is Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for Learning Innovation at the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR). She is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, and Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor. She received her diploma in Mathematics from the Universität Heidelberg (Germany), and a PhD in Mathematics from Cornell University. Before joining UMR in July 2008, she was Professor and Head in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, and a faculty member in mathematics departments at the University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin—Madison, University of Minnesota, and University of California—Davis. Dr. Neuhauser’s research is at the interface of ecology and evolution. She investigates effects of spatial structure on community dynamics, in particular, the effect of competition on the spatial structure of competitors and the effect of symbionts on the spatial distribution of their hosts. In addition, her research in population genetics has resulted in the development of statistical tools for random samples of genes. In her role as Director of the Center for Learning Innovation at the University of Minnesota Rochester, Dr. Neuhauser is responsible for the development of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. The Center promotes a learner-centered, concept-based learning environment in which ongoing assessment guides and monitors student learning and is the basis for data-driven research on learning. Dr. Neuhauser’s interest in furthering the quantitative training of biology undergraduate students has resulted in a textbook on Calculus for Biology and Medicine and a web page Numb3r5 Count! (http://bioquest.org/numberscount/). In her spare time, she enjoys riding her bike, working out in the gym, and reading history and philosophy.

Table of Contents

1. Preview and Review

1.1 Preliminaries

1.2 Elementary Functions

1.3 Graphing


2. Discrete Time Models, Sequences, and Difference Equations

2.1 Exponential Growth and Decay

2.2 Sequences

2.3 More Population Models


3. Limits and Continuity

3.1 Limits

3.2 Continuity

3.3 Limits at Infinity

3.4 The Sandwich Theorem and Some Trigonometric Limits

3.5 Properties of Continuous Functions

3.6 A Formal Definition of Limits (Optional)


4. Differentiation

4.1 Formal Definition of the Derivative

4.2 The Power Rule, the Basic Rules of Differentiation, and the Derivatives of Polynomials

4.3 The Product and Quotient Rules, and the Derivatives of Rational and Power Functions

4.4 The Chain Rule and Higher Derivatives

4.5 Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions

4.6 Derivatives of Exponential Functions

4.7 Derivatives of Inverse Functions, Logarithmic Functions, and the Inverse Tangent Function

4.8 Linear Approximation and Error Propagation


5. Applications of Differentiation

5.1 Extrema and the Mean-Value Theorem

5.2 Monotonicity and Concavity

5.3 Extrema, Inflection Points, and Graphing

5.4 Optimization

5.5 L’Hôpital’s Rule

5.6 Difference Equations: Stability (Optional)

5.7 Numerical Methods: The Newton-Raphson Method (Optional)

5.8 Antiderivatives


6. Integration

6.1 The Definite Integral

6.2 The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

6.3 Applications of Integration


7. Integration Techniques and Computational Methods

7.1 The Substitution Rule

7.2 Integration by Parts and Practicing Integration

7.3 Rational Functions and Partial Fractions

7.4 Improper Integrals

7.5 Numerical Integration

7.6 The Taylor Approximation

7.7 Tables of Integrals (Optional)


8. Differential Equations

8.1 Solving Differential Equations

8.2 Equilibria and Their Stability

8.3 Systems of Autonomous Equations (Optional)


9. Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry

9.1 Linear Systems

9.2 Matrices

9.3 Linear Maps, Eigenvectors, and Eigenvalues

9.4 Analytic Geometry


10. Multivariable Calculus

10.1 Functions of Two or More Independent Variables

10.2 Limits and Continuity

10.3 Partial Derivatives

10.4 Tangent Planes, Differentiability, and Linearization

10.5 More about Derivatives (Optional)

10.6 Applications (Optional)

10.7 Systems of Difference Equations (Optional)


11. Systems of Differential Equations

11.1 Linear Systems: Theory

11.2 Linear Systems: Applications

11.3 Nonlinear Autonomous Systems: Theory

11.4 Nonlinear Systems: Applications


12. Probability and Statistics

12.1 Counting

12.2 What is Probability?

12.3 Conditional Probability and Independence

12.4 Discrete Random Variables and Discrete Distributions

12.5 Continuous Distributions

12.6 Limit Theorems

12.7 Statistical Tools

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Calculus for biology and medicine textbook April 6, 2011
I have used Michael Spivak's Calculus for a long time, and other pure mathematics/engineering calculus textbooks: but I always wanted a textbook about calculus that was tailored to the medical sciences, and yes I got it in Neuhauser's Calculus for Biology and Medicine.
However, I must say that, most people whose comments are immensely negative about this textbook are those who probably are lacking a rich background of mathematics, or have nothing at all, for that matter, because if that is the case, yes, some concepts will seem difficult to grasp. But for someone like me who am already versed in precalculus, algebra and the like, and was just looking out for something more tailored to medical sciences, i find this book ideal.
So, yes, it will not answer all your questions, it will not be all-chewed up material for you just to swallow, it will need some ability and effort on your part.
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cheaptextbooks January 18, 2011
This book helped me through my class, hands down could not have gotten through the class without it. Also the price is the cheapest I could find!
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