Who could use these problems?
 Instructors of beginning college level biology
 High school biology teachers
 Mathematics instructors for motivating mathematical concepts
Target audience
 Beginning college level biology students, with the usual wide range of mathematical
backgrounds and confidence levels
Why students should do quantitative problems in Biology
 To obtain a deeper understanding of the biological concepts
 To get an appreciation for what biologists need to know about mathematics
 To develop critical thinking in questioning, analyzing data and evaluating assumptions
 To develop written presentation skills and the ability to work with others
Description of the problems and some examples
Using the problems
How we use them
Our course has a 50 minute recitation section each week. A different problem is given to
each group of 4 or 5 students.
After grading, the solutions are posted on a bulletin board. The students can read the
other problems and solutions, as well as see how their own problem was approached by groups
from a different sections.
Other options
 To fill unstructured time after the completion of an experiment
 For extra credit
 To motivate a mathematical concept in a mathematics class
Syllabus for "Concepts of Biology 1  Plants"
For further information, contact ...
 Robert W. Keck, Department of Biology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
email rkeck@iupui.edu
