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Mathematics as a tool in the Life Sciences

Tindall, M. J. (2012) Mathematics as a tool in the Life Sciences. In: HEA STEM Annual Conference - Biological Sciences Strand, 12-13 April, Imperial College, London.

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Teaching mathematics to students in the biological sciences is often fraught with difficulty. Students often discover mathematics to be a very 'dry' subject in which it is difficult to see the motivation of learning it given its often abstract application. In this paper I advocate the use of mathematical modelling as a method for engaging students in understanding the use of mathematics in helping to solve problems in the Biological Sciences. The concept of mathematics as a laboratory tool is introduced and the importance of presenting students with relevant, real-world examples of applying mathematics in the Biological Sciences is discussed.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR)
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Mathematics and Statistics
ID Code:27990

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