This book has several important features that the authors have developed from their classroom experience. First and foremost, is it designed to be understandable to students of biology as well as to students of mathematics and related physical sciences. No prior study of biology is necessary and only year of calculus is required. This makes the material accessible to most biology majors and to most mathematics students near the beginning of their mathematical studies.
A unique feature of the book is the use of a computer algebra system, Maple, in parts of every chapter. This hands-on approach to computation provides a rich source of information through the use of "what-if" scenarios and thus allows students to grasp important biological and mathematical concepts in a way that is not possible without such terminology. For students who do not have access to a computer algebra system, each topic is complete without the use of either numerical or symbolic equations. Graphic visualiz