What ollows are my lecture notes or Math 4333:
, taughtat the Hong Kong University o Science and Technology. This applied mathe-matics course is primarily or nal year mathematics major and minor students.Other students are also welcome to enroll, but must have the necessary mathe-matical skills.My main emphasis is on mathematical modeling, with biology the sole ap-plication area. I assume that students have no knowledge o biology, but I hopethat they will learn a substantial amount during the course. Students are re-quired to know diferential equations and linear algebra, and this usually meanshaving taken two courses in these subjects. I also touch on topics in stochas-tic modeling, which requires some knowledge o probability. A ull course onprobability, however, is not a prerequisite though it might be helpul.Biology, as is usually taught, requires memorizing a wide selection o actsand remembering them or exams, sometimes orgetting them soon ater. Forstudents exposed to biology in secondary school, my course may seem like adiferent subject. The ability to model problems using mathematics requiresalmost no rote memorization, but it does require a deep understanding o basicprinciples and a wide range o mathematical techniques. Biology ofers a richvariety o topics that are amenable to mathematical modeling, and I have chosenspecic topics that I have ound to be the most interesting.I, as a UST student, you have not yet decided i you will take my course,please browse these lecture notes to see i you are interested in these topics.Other web surers are welcome to download these notes romhttp://www.math.ust.hk/˜machas/mathematical-biology.pd and to use them reely or teaching and learning. I welcome any comments, sug-gestions, or corrections sent to me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Althoughmost o the material in my notes can be ound elsewhere, I hope that some o it will be considered to be original.
Jeffrey R. Chasnov
Hong KongMay 2009iii