# Mathematics for Ecologists 4100

## Course Objectives

Upon completing the course, students will be able to use mathematics as a tool for solving various problems within environmental and health studies. Students will also become aware of the potential of mathematics in solving other relevant problems.

## Course Description

The presentation of the material will, to a large degree, be explained with concrete examples from biology and economics. The course will build on basic mathematical principles.

Basic topics of the lectures will include:

- Calculation using units of measurement
- Basic probability calculation
- Functions with a single variable and curve-plotting
- Logarithmic and exponential functions
- Derivation
- Integration
- Functions with two variables
- Basic trigonometry
- Simple differential equations
- Percent growth-rate and geometric series

## Learning Methods

72 lecture hours.

28-hours of calculation practice and repetition.

## Assessment Methods

Grades will be given for two examinations: a 1-hour midterm examination which will count for 20%, and a 5-hour final examination which will count for 80% of the final grade. Both examinations must receive passing marks.

*Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean*

Publisert av / forfatter Arne Myhre <arne.myhreSPAMFILTER@hit.no>, last modified - 17/11/2009