What
Is BioQUEST?
BioQUEST
Collection
Collection
Candidates
First
Review
Folder
BeeVisit
BENZER
BIRDD
Convince Me
Curacao
Diffusion Laboratories
DNA Electrophoresis
EcoBeaker
Epidemiology
HH
Image Analysis
Inherit
Interactive Calculus
Problems
in Biology
Investigative Cases
and
CaseBased
Learning
in Biology
Lateblight
Metabolic Pathways
Morphogenetic
Construction
Kit
PEACH
Phylogenic Investigator
PurifyIt!
RateIt!
Real Time Data
Aquisition
Resistan
Sampling
SimBio2
Wading Bird

Extended Learning
Resources
Software Materials
Support
Materials


The Interactive Calculus Problems in Biology module provides a set of
calculus problems that address some of the mathematical issues underlying
the models and theories that students commonly encounter in their biology
courses. The module consists of a series of labs developed for a twosemester
“Calculus for Life Sciences” course in which students interested in biology,
chemistry, medicine, and other fields use Maple™, a commercially available
symbolic algebra system, to solve bioscienceoriented calculus problems.
In these problems, students are often asked to use their
data to model a system in several different ways, for instance, by comparing
exponential, logarithmic, and power functions. They may be asked to consider
the biological implications of what they have learned, as in the problem
below taken from an early first semester lab:
Other problems might ask students to
 explore the growth of a population of bacteria when modelled using
the Malthusian growth model and to compare these results to the results
obtained with a population of bacteria that satisfies the Logistic growth
law.
 use trigonometric functions to study elliptical motion and annual
rates of growth in populations with seasonal behavior.
 optimize (which involves differentiating a polynomial ) the oxygen
consumption of the bug Triatoma phyllosoma after ingestion of a blood
meal.
 given a dataset, develop a power rule (from island biogeography theory)
to determine the number of species of herpetofauna as a function of
island area.
Many of the mathematical formulations in this problem set provide an
excellent background for the mathematics underlying other BioQUEST modules.
For example, a problem which describes the modeling of action potentials,
a single nerve firing, and a nerve cell that has a subcritical stimulation
is directly relevant to the Axon simulation. Several problems are devoted
to studying various population growth models. These are directly relevant
to Biota.
System Requirements
Macintosh or Power Macintosh
 System 7.1 or later.
 4  5MB of available RAM; 16  35MB disk space.
Windows 3.1, Windows 95, or Windows NT
 Windows 3.1 or later, or Windows 95, or Windows NT 3.5 or later.
 8MB of available RAM; 18  36MB disk space.
Requires a copy of Maple™, available from Waterloo Maple Inc. (519) 7472373
