Ch 2: MTLE Life Science: Using Mathematics & Computers

About This Chapter

In this Using Mathematics & Computers chapter of our MTLE Life Science preparation course, we'll show you some mathematics techniques that work hand-in-hand with scientific research as well as how computers can aid in scientific research.

MTLE Life Science: Using Mathematics & Computers - Chapter Summary

In this chapter of the MTLE Life Science study guide, our expert instructors show you math concepts and techniques that are used to analyze research data. They also discuss the role computers play in scientific research. This Using Mathematics & Computers chapter helps you:

  • Outline the importance and usage of computers in life science
  • Explain why scientists use simulations and models
  • Detail types of mathematical models
  • Solve problems using mathematical models
  • Define conceptual models and their characteristics
  • Communicate math ideas using different representations

With an understanding of these techniques, you'll be able to better analyze data presented to you on the MTLE exam. Our experienced educators use an easy-to-follow instruction style and plenty of examples. The short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes can be accessed on any computer or mobile device.

6 Lessons in Chapter 2: MTLE Life Science: Using Mathematics & Computers
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Why Scientists Use Models & Simulations

1. Why Scientists Use Models & Simulations

What is a model? What is a simulation? And why do scientists use them? Learn how scientists analyze the past and predict the future. Then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

Types of Mathematical Models

2. Types of Mathematical Models

Mathematical models can be used to represent just about everything in the real world. This lesson will explain what mathematical models are, in addition to describing and providing examples of the various types of models.

Using Mathematical Models to Solve Problems

3. Using Mathematical Models to Solve Problems

Mathematical modeling simply refers to the creation of mathematical formulas to represent a real world problem in mathematical terms. This lesson reviews the creation and pitfalls of mathematical models.

Conceptual Models: Definition & Characteristics

4. Conceptual Models: Definition & Characteristics

What is a conceptual model? Learn about the characteristics of conceptual models and how these models are used in science and elsewhere. Test how well you understand this concept by completing a short quiz.

Communicating Mathematical Ideas Using a Variety of Representations

5. Communicating Mathematical Ideas Using a Variety of Representations

Many mathematical ideas can be communicated or illustrated using a variety of representations. In this lesson, we'll explore ways you can communicate ideas to your students using written, verbal and symbolic forms as well as visual aids and technology.

Importance & Usage of Computers in Life Science

6. Importance & Usage of Computers in Life Science

Life science might not seem like an area where computers are important, but it turns out that in modern life science, they are absolutely vital. Let's discuss a few examples of when and how they are used.

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