Biocalculus II Laboratory
MATH 208A Spring 2007
Benedictine University
Contents:
Technology Requirement  Academic Honesty  
Evaluation  Academic Accommodations For Religious Obligations (AAFRO)  
Projects  
Final Exam  

Instructor: Dr. Timothy D. Comar 
Location: KN 227 

Office: Birck 128 

Phone: 829  6555 
Time: Thursday: 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 

Email: tcomar@ben.edu 

Web Site: http://www.ben.edu/faculty/tcomar/index.htm Blackboard (WebCT) login: http://www.ben.edu/blackboard 
Office Hours:


Textbooks: C. Neuhauser, Calculus for Biology and Medicine, 2e, Prentice Hall, 2004 deVries, et al., A Course in Mathematical Biology: Quantitative Modeling with Mathematical and Computational Methods, SIAM, 2006


This is laboratory course to accompany MATH 221, Biocalculus II, which is the second course in a twosemester sequence in calculus with biological applications. There is a strong emphasis on biological models and examples using real biological data. In this course, we will apply the mathematical of topics of methods of integration, differential equations, systems of linear equations, matrices, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, analytic geometry, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, differentiability, tangent planes and linearization, systems of difference equations, systems of linear and nonlinear differential equations, equilibria and stability, and an introduction to probability to biologically oriented mathematical models. Applications may include allometric growth, agestructured population matrix models, epidemic models, competition models, hostparasitoid models, and models for neuron activity. The course uses the computer algebra system MATLAB and the modeling program Berkeley Madonna to investigate biological models and solve problems.
We would like to develop proficient understanding of the course material and the ability to use the course material in further course work as well as outside the classroom. To serve these ends, we will emphasize critical thinking and effective communication skills, both verbal and written. Success in this course will be dependent upon your ability to communicate your technical understanding of course material to your peers as well as to the instructor. You will also be expected to successfully work collaboratively with others.
Basic skills/topics include: (ISBE Math Content Area Standards in bold)
Techniques of Integration (Substitution, Integration by Parts, Partial Fractions) and Improper Integrals (8C5, 8C6)
Applications of Integration to Biological Problems (4A, 4B, 4D, 4E, 6C6, 8C5, 8C6, 8G2, 8G3, 9E3)
Analyzing basic biologically significant differential equations using computational software
Learner Outcomes: (ISBE Math Content Area Standards in bold)
To successfully complete this course, the student will:
This course is fastpaced and demanding. It is expected that you will study at least two hours for each class hour. You should devote at least 2 hours of study to this class per week. You are expected to read the required section in the text and attempt the assigned problems from the section before the material is either summarized or expanded upon in class. Your notes from studying should include the following: the title of the section, a list of key concepts from the section, a brief summary of the ideas and techniques presented, solutions to the problems you have solved and a list of questions and problems you have not solved. Ask questions! If there is material with which you are not fully comfortable, you are expected to ask questions either during class, online, or during office hours.
We are a community of learners working together to achieve our course goals. As such, it is incumbent upon all class members to show appropriate respect for each other. Each class member has something important to contribute to the class and should feel comfortable sharing with the class. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off. Inappropriate and disrespectful behavior including cell phone usage will result in dismissal from the class for the remainder of the class period.
Students are expected to use WebCT for all course communications, accessing notes and course information, and the completion of certain assignments as indicated in this syllabus. Students are expected to be familar with graphing calculuator and are expected to know how to use the computer algebra system Derive from the MATH 207 course. Derive will not be taught in this class. In this course, Berkeley Madonna, MS Excel, and MATLAB will be the primary software tools.
Lab Activities 
10% 
Projects 
70% 
Final Exam 
20% 
The grading scale is 90% for A, 80% for B, 70% for C, and 60% for a D. It is the student’s responsibility to seek clarification of the course requirements and evaluation policy.
These assignments aredesigned to help deepen your understanding of the course material through writing and applications. In particular, you will work with MATLAB, MS Excel, and Berkeley Madonna to analyze problems arising from biological models. You will have the opportunity to rethink, reorganize, and build upon ideas that have been discussed in MATH 221. No late projects will be accepted. Your lowest project score will be dropped from project grade. Questions for a particular assignment will not be addressed on the due date of the assignment.
The comprehensive final exam will take place on 5/8/08, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. This exam cannot be made up or retaken. This exam will be a collaborative effort using the software to solve several problems.
Absence due to documented illness, participation in Benedictine University athletic activities, religious observance, or other extenuating circumstances will be excused. It is your responsibility to inform Dr. Comar in the event of such absences. Class attendance is very important. Others will depend on you to be to participate in group exercises. It is incumbent upon you to obtain class notes and updated assignments for missed classes. Tardiness will interfere with your time to complete homework quizzes and exams. No student shall be admitted fifteen minutes after the scheduled classtime.
The search for truth and the dissemination of knowledge are the central missions of a university. Benedictine University pursues these missions in an environment guided by our Roman Catholic tradition and our Benedictine heritage. Integrity and honesty are therefore expected of all members of the University community, including students, faculty members, administration, and staff. Actions such as cheating, plagiarism, collusion, fabrication, forgery, falsification, destruction, multiple submission, solicitation, and misrepresentation, are violations of these expectations and constitute unacceptable behavior in the University community. The penalties for such actions can range from a private verbal warning, all the way to expulsion from the University. The University's Academic Honesty Policy is available at http://www.ben.edu/AHP , and students are expected to read it. Cheating and plagiarism of any sort will not be tolerated. All instances will be pursued. The first case of any academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the assignment. A second case will result in failure of the course.
Your name should appear on all of your submissions of your work. If collaboration is allowed, you must state with whom you have collaborated. You are responsible for understanding any authorized collaboriation policies on specific assignments. You must also properly reference any other print, electronic, or human resource that you consult.
Academic Accommodations For Religious Obligations (AAFRO)
A student whose religious obligation
conflicts with a course requirement may request an academic accommodation from
the instructor. Students must make such requests in writing by the end of the
first week of the class.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability, you may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact Tina Sonderby in the the Academic Resource Center, 249 Kindlon Hall, 6308296512. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The University will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Final Drop Date: April 13, 2007
This syllabus is subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to all class members electronically.
Contact Dr. Comar: tcomar@ben.edu
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