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1 Introduction • The course is focused on modeling of biological processes at cell and molecular levels. • Good in math is not necessarily good in modeling. - Solving equations vs setting up equations • What is mathematical modeling? • The basic idea of mathematical modeling is to find a mathematical relationship that behaves in the same ways as the objects or processes under investigation. It is to approximate a real world system, (e.g., cell), using mathematical equations, that the prediction can be tested against observable properties of the system. Therefore, the sophistication of the model depends on techniques that are available for making observations of the system. • A useful mathematical model may give insight about how something really works, and predict new things that cannot be predicted through intuition. ( e.g., blackbox => greybox ) It can provide a powerful means of integrating several pieces of knowledge at a given level to describe responses at a higher organizational level. ( e.g., molecule => cell => tissue => whole body ) Various Definitions in the literature
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2010 for the course BME 100 taught by Professor Yuan during the Fall '07 term at Duke.

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