MATH 266B A01(04515), Spring 2005

Calculus with Applications to Biology II

Catalog Description:
Continuation of 266A. Integral calculus and analysis of differential equations in the context of biological applications. No credit for 266B if already credit for 163B or 263B.
Course Content:
MATH 266 is a calculus sequence that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of prospective life science majors. The mathematical concepts covered in these courses will be developed in the context of biological questions, and numerous exercises will demonstrate further applications of calculus in the life sciences. MATH 266B roughly corresponds to MATH 263B and is considered a sufficient prerequisite for MATH 263C. More detailed information about the course content can be found at
MATH 266A.
Martin J. Mohlenkamp,, (740)593-1283, 554 Morton Hall.
Office hours: Monday 10-11am, Tuesday 10-11am, Thursday 10-11am and 5-6pm, and Friday 10-11am.
Web page:
Class hours/ location:
MTuThF 11:10-12am in 218 Morton Hall.
Calculus for Biology and Medicine, second edition, by Claudia Neuhauser; Prentice Hall, 2004.
Several problems from each section of the book are assigned. These problems will not be collected or graded, but you will need to do them in order to learn.
Good Problems:
Six Good Problems are assigned, and will be collected and graded. These are homework problems that will be graded half on content and half on presentation. The idea is to practice writing mathematics regularly but in small pieces.
Dr. Winfried Just is developing a set of interactive (computer) tutorials to help students in this course. You are encouraged to use these tutorials, and to participate in his study on their use. Please visit
There will be four mid-term tests, in class. Calculators are not permitted.
Final Exam:
The final exam is on Friday 10 June at 12:40pm in our regular classroom. Calculators are not permitted.
Each Good Problem is worth 1 unit, each test is worth 2 units, and the final is worth 4 units. Your lowest 2 units will be dropped and then your average is computed and a 90% guarantees you at least an A-, 80% a B-, 70% a C-, and 60% a D-.
Missed or Late work:
Only reasons given in advance of a missed test will be considered; otherwise a score of 0 will be given. Late Good Problems are penalized 5% for each 24 hour period or part thereof, excluding weekends and holidays. You can resubmit good problems to improve your score, but the late penalty will apply.
Attendance is assumed but is not counted in your grade. It is your responsibility to find out any announcements made in class.
Academic Dishonesty:
You are strongly encouraged to work together on the homework. You can work together on the Good Problems, but you must acknowledge in writing what help you received and from whom. The tests and final exam must be your own work, and without the aid of notes, etc. Dishonesty will result in a zero on that work, and possible failure in the class and a report to the university judiciaries.
Special Needs:
If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let me know as soon as possible so that your learning needs may be appropriately met.
  • Your classmates are your best resource. Use them!
  • The Academic Advancement Center's Math Center has drop-in help, tutors, online help, and a telephone hotline.
  • The calculus page at UC Davis.
  • Using Matlab at Ohio
  • Schedule

    The Good Problems and Tests are fixed, but we may not cover sections on exactly the days shown.
    Week Date Section Materials/Homework (ungraded) Good Problem/ Test
    1 March 28 Introduction
    March 29 5.6 1-19odd
    March 31 5.8 1-67odd
    April 1 6.1 1-85odd Good Problem 1: Section 5.6 #14, using Graphs
    2 April 4 6.2 1-125odd, tutorial
    April 5 6.3 1-65odd
    April 7
    April 8 Good Problem 2: Section 6.2 #104 with a graph, using Layout
    3 April 11 7.1 1-59odd tutorial (drop deadline)
    April 12 7.2 1-29odd, 39-47odd tutorial
    April 14 Review
    April 15 Test 1 on 5.6, 5.8, 6.1-6.3, 7.1,7.2
    4 April 18 7.3 1-51odd
    April 19
    April 21 7.4 1-43odd
    April 22 Good Problem 3: Section 7.3 #24, using Flow
    5 April 25 7.6 1-21odd
    April 26 7.7 1-29odd
    April 28 Review
    April 29 Test 2 on 7.3, 7.4, 7.6, 7.7
    6 May 2 8.1 1-55odd (drop deadline with WP/WF)
    May 3
    May 5 8.2 1-25odd
    May 6 Good Problem 4: Section 8.1 #40, using Logic
    7 May 9 8.3 1-11odd
    May 10
    May 12 Review
    May 13 Test 3 on 8.1-8.3
    8 May 16 9.1 1-23odd
    May 17
    May 19 9.2 1-67odd
    May 20 Good Problem 5: Section 9.1 #8, using Symbols
    9 May 23 9.3 1-79odd
    May 24 9.4 1-65odd
    May 26 Review
    May 27 Test 4 on 9.1-9.4
    10 May 30 Memorial Day, no class
    May 31 11.1 1-57odd
    June 2 11.2 1-21odd
    June 3 Review Good Problem 6: Section 11.1 #20, using Intros
    11 June 10 Final Exam 12:40-2:40pm Friday, in our classroom

    Martin J. Mohlenkamp
    Last modified: Fri Sep 3 13:54:01 EDT 2010