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Calculus for the Life Sciences: Modelling the Dynamics of Life, 1st Edition

  • Frederick R. Adler
  • Miroslav Lovric
  • ISBN-10: 0176500839
  • ISBN-13: 9780176500832
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

Calculus for the Life Sciences: Modeling the Dynamics of Life introduces 1st-year life sciences majors to the insights and applications of mathematics in the biological sciences. Designed to help life sciences students understand the role mathematics has played in breakthroughs in epidemiology, genetics, physiology, and other biological areas, this text provides students with a thorough foundation in mathematics, the language, and 'the technology of thought' with which these developments are created and controlled.


  • A streamlined layout to suit a Canadian one-semester calculus course for life sciences students

  • Contains examples and scenarios relevant to Canadian life sciences students

  • In addition to routine skills problems, this text includes a wide variety of modeling problems in each section to emphasize consistently the importance of interpretation.

  • Contains over 50 exercises designed to be explored on a graphing calculator (preferably programmable) or on a computer, using software such as Maple

  • Includes projects in each chapter that are suitable for individual or group exploration

  • Enhanced WebAssign homework management system

About the Author

Frederick R. Adler

After graduating from Harvard University with a B.A. in Mathematics, Fred Adler received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, where he began his study of mathematical biology. Currently a professor in the departments of mathematics and biology at the University of Utah, he teaches courses in mathematical modeling with a wide range of backgrounds. Prof. Adler's research focuses on mathematical ecology, with emphases in mathematical epidemiology, evolutionary ecology, and community ecology.

Miroslav Lovric

Professor Lovric is a renowned award winning faculty member at McMaster University. His awards include the 3M Teaching Fellowship Award (2001), OCUFA (2000) and McMaster University Presidents’ Award for Excellence in Instruction (1999). Miroslav’s main research includes: Differential Geometry, Riemannian Geometry and Applications as well as Mathematics Education.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Models and Functions
Chapter 1: Modelling Using Elementary Functions
Chapter 2: Discrete-Time Dynamical Systems
Chapter 3: Limits, Continuity, and Derivatives
Chapter 4: Working with Derivatives
Chapter 5: Applications of Derivatives
Chapter 6: Integrals and Applications
Chapter 7: Differential Equations


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Student Solution Manual for Modelling the Dynamics of Life  (ISBN-10: 0176441786 | ISBN-13: 9780176441784)

Student Solution Manual for Modelling the Dynamics of Life

Instructor's Resource CD for Modeling the Dynamics of Life  (ISBN-10: 0176441697 | ISBN-13: 9780176441692)
ISM for Modeling the Dynamics of Life (online only)  (ISBN-10: 0176651535 | ISBN-13: 9780176651534)

Student Supplements

Student Solution Manual for Modelling the Dynamics of Life  (ISBN-10: 0176441786 | ISBN-13: 9780176441784)