Application of Mathematics to Physiology and Medicine
This seminar uses the Socratic method with discussions of how to apply mathematics to understand human physiology. Topics include: the heart and circulation, heat and temperature regulation, oxygen uptake in the lungs, the immune system and infectious diseases, nephrons and the kidney, ovulation number in mammals, chemistry and cell metabolism, sensory neurobiology. Students do background reading and work in groups on problem sets, presenting their group work to the class and writing short papers. Each student conducts a research project, gives two 25 minute lectures to the seminar, and writes a 20 page paper. On the final exam students write essays about group work and each others projects.