Calculus For Biology and Medicine: Pearson New International Edition

Claudia Neuhauser  
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July 2013
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For a two-semester or three-semester course in Calculus for Life Sciences.

Calculus for Biology and Medicine, Third Edition, addresses the needs of students in the biological sciences by showing them how to use calculus to analyze natural phenomena–without compromising the rigorous presentation of the mathematics. While the table of contents aligns well with a traditional calculus text, all the concepts are presented through biological and medical applications. The text provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and interpret mathematical models of a diverse array of phenomena in the living world. Since this text is written for college freshmen, the examples were chosen so that no formal training in biology is needed.


  • Calculus is taught in the context of biology–but presented so that instructorswithout a biology background can use the text successfully, while students are able to acquire a firm foundation in calculus to apply to problems in their chosen field.
  • Mathematical content is geared to the needs of biology students–for example, there is less emphasis on integration techniques and more coverage of differential equations and systems of differential equations. Additionally, a section on translating word problems into graphs provides students with skills in graphing and basic transformations of functions.
  • New concepts are introduced through a three-part process: (1) Biological examples introduce every topic, followed by a (2) thorough discussion outside of the life science context to enable students to become familiar with both the meaning and the mechanics of the mathematics. (3) Finally, in-depth biological examples help students see how to use the material in a life science context.
  • All examples are completely worked out, and steps in the calculations are annotated with clear and helpful explanations. The examples in each subsection increase in difficulty.
  • A variety of exercises follow every section.
    • Each exercise set begins with drill problems. These are followed by increasingly difficult, more conceptual problems. Finally, word problems tie the concepts into biology.
    • Word problems draw from standard biology texts or original research to help students apply the mathematics to a life science context.
    • End-of-section exercises are organized by subsection, enabling students to focus on specific topics as necessary, and helping instructors create the most appropriate assignments for the class.

New to this Edition

  • Approximately 20% of the problems have been updated and new problems have been added.
  • The word problems are now labeled to make it easier to identify the area of application.
  • Learning objectives have been added to each chapter to help students structure their learning and stay focused on what they need to know.
  • Explanations and examples have been added to aid student understanding.
  • Additional figures have been added as appropriate to aid students in visualizing the mathematics.
  • Several sections have been rewritten or reorganized in response to users.
  • Thebasic organization of the text remains unchanged, with the following enhancements:
    • Practicing integration and partial fraction decomposition are now in separate sections.
    • The final chapter on probability and statistics has been expanded to include more statistics and more on stochastic processes, and can now be used as a semester-based course.

Table of Contents

1. Preview and Review

1.1 Preliminaries

1.2 Elementary Functions

1.3 Graphing


2. Discrete Time Models, Sequences, and Difference Equations

2.1 Exponential Growth and Decay

2.2 Sequences

2.3 More Population Models


3. Limits and Continuity

3.1 Limits

3.2 Continuity

3.3 Limits at Infinity

3.4 The Sandwich Theorem and Some Trigonometric Limits

3.5 Properties of Continuous Functions

3.6 A Formal Definition of Limits (Optional)


4. Differentiation

4.1 Formal Definition of the Derivative

4.2 The Power Rule, the Basic Rules of Differentiation, and the Derivatives of Polynomials

4.3 The Product and Quotient Rules, and the Derivatives of Rational and Power Functions

4.4 The Chain Rule and Higher Derivatives

4.5 Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions

4.6 Derivatives of Exponential Functions

4.7 Derivatives of Inverse Functions, Logarithmic Functions, and the Inverse Tangent Function

4.8 Linear Approximation and Error Propagation


5. Applications of Differentiation

5.1 Extrema and the Mean-Value Theorem

5.2 Monotonicity and Concavity

5.3 Extrema, Inflection Points, and Graphing

5.4 Optimization

5.5 L’Hôpital’s Rule

5.6 Difference Equations: Stability (Optional)

5.7 Numerical Methods: The Newton-Raphson Method (Optional)

5.8 Antiderivatives


6. Integration

6.1 The Definite Integral

6.2 The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

6.3 Applications of Integration


7. Integration Techniques and Computational Methods

7.1 The Substitution Rule

7.2 Integration by Parts and Practicing Integration

7.3 Rational Functions and Partial Fractions

7.4 Improper Integrals

7.5 Numerical Integration

7.6 The Taylor Approximation

7.7 Tables of Integrals (Optional)


8. Differential Equations

8.1 Solving Differential Equations

8.2 Equilibria and Their Stability

8.3 Systems of Autonomous Equations (Optional)


9. Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry

9.1 Linear Systems

9.2 Matrices

9.3 Linear Maps, Eigenvectors, and Eigenvalues

9.4 Analytic Geometry


10. Multivariable Calculus

10.1 Functions of Two or More Independent Variables

10.2 Limits and Continuity

10.3 Partial Derivatives

10.4 Tangent Planes, Differentiability, and Linearization

10.5 More about Derivatives (Optional)

10.6 Applications (Optional)

10.7 Systems of Difference Equations (Optional)


11. Systems of Differential Equations

11.1 Linear Systems: Theory

11.2 Linear Systems: Applications

11.3 Nonlinear Autonomous Systems: Theory

11.4 Nonlinear Systems: Applications