Basic Laboratory Calculations for Biotechnology

Benjamin Cummin
Lisa A. Seidman  
Total pages
April 2007
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For laboratory courses in Biotechnology.


Help your students succeed with an accessible introduction to common laboratory calculations. The book focuses on the basics, helping even students with good math skills to practice the most frequently encountered types of problems, enabling them to be much more competent with mathematics in the lab.


Common laboratory problems are discussed, with all material applied to real situations. This makes students more competent when confronted with calculations in the biotechnology laboratory.


Multiple strategies for solving problems help students to better understand the underlying math. Students learn that there is frequently more than one path to the correct answer, giving them flexibility in thinking about problems and the ability to check their answers by solving a problem two different ways.


While the text and problems were written by biologists, the text was edited by mathematicians. The problems and topics focus on common problems in the biotechnology laboratory, while mathematicians helped ensure correct math content.


Hundreds of practice problems are provided, all with solutions. Many problems also include boxed, complete explanations.


Ample textual material enables students to complete the material in a self-paced course structure with little teacher assistance.


Hundreds of “story problems” relate to real situations in the lab.


Table of Contents

Unit I: Brief Review of Some Basic Math Techniques

1. Exponents and Scientific Notation

2. Logarithms

3. Units of Measurement

4. Measurements and Significant Figures

5. Using Equations to Describe a Relationship


Unit II: Applications of Proportional Relationships in the Biology Laboratory

6. Ratios and Proportions

7. Unit Conversions

8. Density

9. Dosages

10. Percents

11. Introduction to Concentration Problems

12. Preparing Laboratory Solutions That Contain One Solute

13. Dilutions

14. Preparing Laboratory Solutions That Contain More Than One Solute


Unit III: Describing Relationships with Equations and Graphs

15. Graphing Linear Equations

16. Spectrophotometry

17. Graphing Exponential Equations


Unit IV: Introduction to Descriptive Statistics

18. Measures of Central Tendency

19. Measures of Dispersion

20. Graphical Methods of Describing Data


Unit V. Biotechnology Applications

21. Calculations Relating to Animal Cell Culture

22. Amount and Concentration of Nucleic Acids

23. Calculations Relating to Common Molecular Biology Techniques

24. The Polymerase Chain Reaction

25. Calculations Relating to Protein Purification and Analysis