Spring 2024 - MATH 468 D100
Topics in Biomathematics (3)
Class Number: 6074
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
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Prerequisites:MATH 360 and (MATH 348 or STAT 380), both with a minimum grade of C-. Strongly Recommended: Experience with a computing platform such as R, MATLAB, or Python.
Methods and applications of mathematical models in biology, focusing on understanding, analyzing, and applying scientific literature using models and integrating real data. Topics may include parameter estimation in biological models, stochastic simulation of disease outbreaks, age structured population models, and others. Course may be repeated for credit under a different topic.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Learn to develop and analyze probabilistic and stochastic models for applications in Ecology, Evolution, and Epidemiology.
- Use computational methods to simulate and analyze random events and processes in biology.
- Develop and sharpen your ability to formulate scientific questions and address those questions with mathematics.
- Gain skills in scientific writing, this involves the formulation and communication of perspectives and the expression scientific findings in a clear and concise manner.
- Bi-Weekly Homework x6 (5% each) 30%
- Midterm x2 20%
- Presentation 10%
- Final Project 40%
Durrett, Rick. Essentials of Stochastic Processes. 1999. ISBN: 0-387-98836-X
Karlin, Samuel & Taylor, Howard. A Second Course in Stochastic Processes. 1981. ISBN 0-12-398650-8.
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