Demonstration for a freshman seminar in mathematical biology

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Demonstration for a freshman seminar in mathematical biology

Postby Kathy_Bautista » Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:29 am

We recently had a chance to speak to Bruce Torrence, a fellow Faculty Program member, about his use of Mathematica in his courses at Randolph-Macon College. Professor Torrence calls the ability to create instant dynamic interfaces a “real game changer” for helping students understand mathematics. He says, “Once you play with a Manipulate and interact with the sliders and buttons, you really develop your intuition as to how the underlying mechanisms are interacting and working.”

In this video, Professor Torrence shares an example of how he used Mathematica to turn a previously tedious lesson into a highly compelling, interactive classroom activity for a freshman seminar in mathematical biology. I thought others might find his "Fitness Model for Gene Frequency in Populations" Demonstration useful, so I've included a direct link below:
http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/Fitne ... pulations/

You can find more on Professor Torrence’s work, and this interview, at:
http://www.wolfram.com/products/mathema ... etorrence/

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