Calculus for biology and medicine textbook April 6, 2011by

PhilipI 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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**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.

**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