Published by Helle Friis Knutzen - 27/09/2012
Mathematics for Ecologists
The course will be implemented in the following way:
The course is taught in the autumn semester, starting immediately after the beginning of the semester.
The course consists of two parts:
- Lectures (and self-study)
- Exercises (and self-study)
In lectures given at the college the main features of the various course topics will be reviewed; this mainly comprises blackboard teaching. Lectures are usually of four hours duration per week; for online students, this part of the course will involve self-study.
Two hours of reviewing calculation exercises will be offered each week. The first period will be used to review the assignments of the previous week; in the second period students may work on the following week’s assignments. Online students will find information concerning which exercises need to be completed online, as well as the complete answers. It is strongly recommended that students work regularly with the exercises, as this will enable them to check that they have understood the content of the various chapters.
The course textbook in English is frequently published in new editions, and unfortunately the number and order of the exercises is changed in every new edition; consequently, students are required to purchase the newest edition. In order to avoid this, we have published some of the exercises on the college website, and also made some new exercises. The solutions to all the exercises are also posted there. In addition, many past examination questions have been published on the college’s web pages, together with the solutions.
Instruction is given using the learning platform “Fronter”. Students will be assigned a username and password after they have registered and paid the registration fee.
Workshops for online students
For online students, two workshops will be held at the college in Bø, if this is needed.
This course provides an introduction to mathematical analysis with an emphasis on the use of mathematical models. The course will focus on functions of a variable and curve-plotting, differentiation and integration. Logarithmic and exponential functions will also be addressed, as well as simple trigonometry, simple differential equations and a brief introduction to the functions of two variables. Probability theory will also be discussed.
Objectives: After completing the examination, students will have mastered a set of tools that will enable them to solve problems using mathematics.
The examination is divided into two parts. The first part-examination deals with probability and basic mathematics and counts for 20% of the final grade, while the second part-examination counts for 80%, and covers the rest of the curriculum.
Both part-examinations will be assessed internally by the course teacher. The final grade for the course is calculated as an average of the part-examinations.
The first part-examination will be held in early October.
The second part-examination will be held in December.
The examinations may be held in the student’s local area under regular examination arrangements.
Application deadline: 10 August 2010
Per Chr. Hagen: Innføring i sannsynlighetsregning og statistikk.
Goldstein, Lay, Schneider, Asmar: Calculus and its Applications, 11th edition.
Roy M. Istad and Bjørn Steen: ”Matematikkrepetisjon”. Telemark University College H-2005. May be purchased at the copy centre at the Bø campus, tel. 35952833.
Senior Engineer Bjorn Steen, tel. 35952774, e-mail bjorn.steen @ hit.no
The course is offered by the Department of Environmental and Health Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Bø.
The course is primarily intended for teachers in primary and secondary schools who wish to update their knowledge of mathematics.
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