Oct 8th 2015

Mathematical Modeling in Biology and Life Sciences 生物数学建模 (edX)

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Learn to use mathematical models to gain a better understanding of biological processes through both qualitative and quantitative analysis.

As modern life science research becomes ever more quantitative, the need for mathematical modeling becomes ever more important. A deeper and mechanistic understanding of complicated biological processes can only come from the understanding of complex interactions at many different scales, for instance, the molecular, the cellular, individual organisms and population levels.

In this course, through case studies, we will examine some simplified and idealized mathematical models and their underlying mathematical framework so that we learn how to construct simplified representations of complex biological processes and phenomena. We will learn how to analyze these models both qualitatively and quantitatively and interpret the results in a biological fashion by providing predictions and hypotheses that experimentalists may verify.

What you'll learn

- How to construct simplified representations of biological processes and phenomena

- How to analyze mathematical models in a qualitative and quantitative manner

- How to interpret such models in biological fashion with predictions and hypotheses