Calculus With Applications for the Life Sciences was written for the one- or two-semester applied calculus course for life science students with a focus on incorporating interesting, relevant, and realistic applications. This text includes many citations from current data sources. It also offers many opportunities for use of technology, allowing for increased visualization and a better understanding of difficult concepts.
By W Boudville - February 16, 2005
If you are majoring in the life sciences, then the authors have striven to teach calculus in a manner that will interest and motivate you. Here, life sciences encompasses both the biological sciences and various social sciences like finance and economics.
The authors customise the course via numerous examples and problems in each chapter. To be sure, in the text, outside the examples, it is a straightforward explanation of the important ideas in caculus, like finding derivates and solving differential equations. Which is as it should be. The maths is independent of the applications, after all. But much of the value of the book to you is in those examples and problems.
There is a fascinating plethora of problems. I will only cite a few: Modelling a foot and mouth disease epidemic. Alcohol concentration in a person's blood as a function of time. Rate of pollution entering a lake. The Gini coefficient of income inequality in a country.
I'm majoring in Biology trying to obtain a wildlife biologist certification and then go to vet school. This book gives a quick overview of what you need to know but it doesn't give you an adequate example and doesn't explain very thoroughly what you need to know. It is unfortunate because my teacher doesn't really explain anything either. It is heavy and I don't think it has enough information to really qualify for that much paper to be used.
This is more of an aid for math people. I'm more of an English person, however, so it is not very helpful.
Not The Greatest Calculus Book Out There
By jason - November 10, 2012
Pros: - great word problems
- see below
I'm a microbiology major, which requires Calc I and II taught primarily from this book. I have to say, this book is awful. There are some chapters that are explain fairly well, but it often skips critical explanations that connect concepts and relies too heavily on elegant typefaces rather than bottom-line-up-front explanations of concepts.
There are NUMEROUS errors in the solutions manual, which can drive a calculus student crazy. The description of Leslie Matrices in Chapter 10 is absolutely terrible.
The differential equations section is equally terrible. It doesn't actually explain what a differential equation is, and that's one of the downsides of this course. You will not be doing anything above a first-order differential equation; you will not do any advanced linear algebra; but this book does not explain the related concepts well enough to build confidence in a... read more
Chapter by chapter, this text offers a comprehensive explanation of the key mathematical principles used when studying life sciences. Each chapter explains basic to progressively more complex maths, ...