Mathematical Biology

Mathematical Biology for Life Scientists

Biologie mathématique et biosimulation

Quantities observed in biology change as a function of time: the population of a given species may grow or decay; the immune system reacts to a viral infection; cells are excited and generate electrical pulses; organisms take form and shape during development. This course focuses on nonlinear differential equations to describe these and other biological phenomena (population growth, predator-prey models, immune system, biophysics of membrane excitability). Lectures ex cathedra are complemented by Computer Exercises using MatLab and paper-and-pencil exercises.


Textbook: J.D. Murray, Mathematical Biology (Springer)



There is a written exam in the final week. The results of the written exams count 3/4 and the miniproject 1/4 towards the final grade.

Written Exam on June 14 at 8h15-11h00 in rooms EL A1 (names starting with A-R) and ELD120 (names starting with S-Z) . The written exam covers all topics of the course. The style of the exam will be similar to that of the midterm exam in week 8.

Oral Examination of Miniproject on June 7 at 14h00-16h00 - presence is mandatory. Everybody needs to be in the computer room C020-23 for a control of their matlab program of the miniproject.

The deadline for the written report of the miniproject is June 10 at 11h00 . The miniproject has a maximum of 3 pages. Even if you hand in more than 3 pages, we will only read the first 3 pages and disregard the rest.

There is a midterm exam in week 8. If the result of midterm exam is better than that of the final exam, it counts 1/4 towards the final grade (and the final exam 2/4). Otherwise the final exam counts 3/4 and the midterm is not taken into account.

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