Mathematical Biology (MAGIC091)
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This course is part of the MAGIC core.
Mathematics can be usefully applied to a wide range of applications in biology and medicine. Without assuming any prior biological knowledge, this module describes how mathematics can help us understand topics such as population dynamics, biochemical reaction kinetics, neuroscience and cancer. There is considerable emphasis on model building and development, use of ordinary and partial differential equations, and use of tools from dynamical systems. In addition, some lectures will be used to inform students about the activities of the five EPSRC Centres for Mathematics in Healthcare, thereby exposing them to a range of cutting-edge applications and approaches.
Spring 2017 (Monday, January 23 to Friday, March 31)
Some familiarity with systems of ordinary differential equations (ODEs), steady states and stability, phase plane analysis for systems of two ODEs.
The syllabus will be broken down into blocks as follows (details to be confirmed):
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Assessment will be by a take-home exam paper in April 2016. You will have 2 weeks to complete the exam and submit your solutions online. There will be 5 questions, and full marks (out of 100) can be obtained if you submit correct solutions to 4 of them.
MAGIC091 Mathematical Biology exam
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