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Unformatted text preview: MAT 1332: Calculus for Life Sciences A course based on the book Modeling the dynamics of life by F.R. Adler Supplementary material University of Ottawa Frithjof Lutscher, with Jing Li and Robert Smith? March 14, 2010 MAT 1332: Additional Course Notes 1 Functions of several variables I: Introduction Introductory example We can measure the rate of food uptake of a single individual as a function of temperature. We will probably ﬁnd some optimal temperature T opt , where the uptake rate is highest. At lower temperatures, it is too cold, at higher temperatures, it is too hot for the organism to function properly. If we denote the rate by r and temperature by T then we might try to model this situation with the function r ( T ) = r max exp(( TT opt ) 2 ) . We can also measure the uptake rate at a constant temperature but in the presence of other individuals. Typically, we see the uptake rate decrease in the presence of others due to competition for food. We have seen such functions before; for example r ( N ) = r max N 1 + N , where N is the number of individuals around. Now we want to vary T and N independently. We could simply multiply the two expressions and get r ( N, T ) = r max N 1 + N exp(( TT opt ) 2 ) . This function now depends on the two variables T and N. While it is easy to plot the two functions of a single variable above, it is much harder to get a good impression of the function of two variables. Figure 1 shows how r depends on N and T individually, as well as together. Not only is it more difficult to visualize functions of two and more variables, it is also harder to analyze them. The goal of this chapter is to deﬁne concepts such as level sets and derivatives for these functions. Deﬁnition: The set R n is the set of all ntuples ( x 1 , x 2 , . . . , x n ) where all x i are real numbers. So R 1 = R , the real numbers; R 2 is the set of points ( x 1 , x 2 ) in the plane; R 3 are the points in space. We also use the notation ( x, y ) and ( x, y, z ) for points in R 2 and R 3 , respectively. A realvalued function on some subset D ⊂ R n is a function f : D → R that assigns a real number to each element in D. The set D is called the domain of deﬁnition of f. The graph of a function f : D → R of two variables is the set G = { ( x, y, z ) ∈ R 3 : ( x, y ) ∈ D, z = f ( x, y ) } . In particular, the graph is a subset of threedimensional space, and as such, it is not so easy to visualize. Graphs of functions of more variables are deﬁned analogously, but as they are subsets of spaces of dimension 4 and higher, they cannot be visualized in a similar manner. 1 MAT 1332: Additional Course Notes 2 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 1 2 3 4 5 2 4 6 8 10 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 5 10 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 Figure 1: Uptake rate as a function of temperature alone (top left), as a function of population density alone (bottom left), and as a function of both independent variables (right)....
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 Calculus, Addition, Derivative, µ, Additional Course Notes, Life Sciences A, Adler Supplementary material University of Ottawa

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