LIFESCI 30A

Mathematics for Life Scientists

Description: Lecture, three hours; laboratory, one hour. Preparation: three years of high school mathematics (to algebra II), some basic familiarity with computers. Mathematical modeling as tool for understanding dynamics of biological systems. Fundamental concepts of single-variable calculus and development of single- and multi-variable differential equation models of dynamical processes in ecology, physiology, and other subjects in which quantities change with time. Use of free computer program Sage for problem solving, plotting, and dynamical simulation in laboratory. Letter grading.

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Overall Rating 4.7
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Most Helpful Review
Fall 2019 - Hi guys ! I'm going to do an IN-DEPTH Review of this class. If this is too much for you to read, then just stop reading and take this class. If you don't, well... your loss tbh. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ PROFESSOR: I don't typically do a direct review of the professor, but I must say Jukka is EASILY the MOST REALEST PROFESSOR I HAVE EVER MET. He is super nice, and not only in the personality way that most people say which honestly doesn't mean very much to me. I mean he is nice in the way that we all really want them to be, in terms of grades. I know you don't know me, but I promise you that you will definitely NOT REGRET taking this course ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LECTURES: Lectures are a MUST because there are clickers every lecture which is about 10-11% of your grade. In the start you will be able to grasp the ideas because of your previous AP Calculus experiences, but once we walk past that area, you will be VERY lost quite often. He covers only the theoretical ideas in class and doesn't go over any problems. Usually he reviews the previous lectures for the first half of class, and then goes into new content the second half of class. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TAs: TAs are fairly important as they do grade your homework which is a good percent of your grade (15-16%). They are also supposed to help with your coding section( Yes there is coding involved). My TA wasn't super helpful but she graded nicely so I suppose that was something. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LAB SECTIONS: Lab sections are technically mandatory, since they don't take attendance as far as I'm aware. People simply go to get help for their coding assignments as they are relatively difficult after week 3 or 4. The entire thing is simply coding for about 2 hours, and the prompts are somewhat difficult to understand. It can be difficult to answer the questions if you don't understand them. Also to keep in mind TAs DO NOT grade the lab section. They are graded by outside graders who you don't know. I would show up. It is necessary in order to do well. it is 12% of your grade + 3% is the lab quiz (Which was fairly easy). --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOMEWORK: This ! Homework is probably the single most important thing in this class, and also probably the most difficult thing. Since the professor doesn't go over the homework, it can be somewhat difficult to solve them, especially as you go further into the quarter. You are however, allowed to drop the 2 lowest homework grades so that is a bonus. I would save them for the last two weeks as homework gets significantly harder near the end. Also Homework problems are very similar to the problems that appear on the exams so it is good practice, or at least, it will look familiar during review sessions. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BOOK: The book was provided as a PDF for our class, so don't waste your money. All the homework comes out of this book too. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MIDTERM/FINAL: - Yes there is one midterm and one final - They are a fattt majority of your grade (60% I believe) - It is VERY LIKELY you will get an A on both of them if you even remotely try to ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STUDY GUIDE/ REVIEW SESSIONS: This is the single MOST IMPORTANT THING in this class by far. If you don't go to these review sessions, you are simply screwing yourself. The professor practically goes over the exams during the review sessions and give you an exact idea of what to focus on for the exams. Literally if you aren't sold, his class median for midterms was a 94 and for the final was a 97. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OVERALL: Would definitely take this class again if I had to (which I don't) but you should definitely take it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Goodluck To Yall ##
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