This course gives students a solid grounding in mathematical topics essential for the analysis of biological systems.
Both analytical and numerical topics are covered and include:
- basic algebra revision
- graphs and plotting
- differentiation and integration
- differential equations
- linear algebra
- systems of differential equations and their analysis.
Students will use Python to perform both symbolic and numeric computation, alongside pen-and-paper calculation.
Lectures and practical sessions
The course consists of 16 one-hour lectures, followed by 2.5-hour practical sessions to work through problems based on the material covered during the lecture.
Each practical session consists of a problem sheet, and a subset of the problems will be handed in for assessment.