Problem Set 1
Evolution
The first 3 problems are exercises in calculating averages (also called means), starting with the method you are already familiar with and then demonstrating two mathematically equivalent ways (these will be useful later, when we w

Note: Random mating means that when an individual with a particular genotype (let's call him Bill) mates, every individual in the population, regardless of genotype, has an equal chance of being that mate, including Bill. In other words, random mating is

Natural Selection
Let's talk about natural selection from the population genetics point of view. One of the easiest ways to start is to ignore all the stages at which selection can occur and to just lump them all together into a term that we will call Fit

Problem Set 6
Evolution
1. Farmer Smith is raising geese. He wishes to increase their neck length by artificial selection, because trying to stretch their necks just resulted in a flock of annoyed geese. The average neck length when he started was 15 inch

Problem Set 5
Evolution
1. Below are some data for oyster viability based on their genotypes at the catalase locus. AA Zygotes Adults 140 14 AB 353 346 BB 229 200 Total 722 560
Assuming that only viability selection is occurring: A. Calculate the relative

Problem Set 4
Evolution
1. A species is subdivided into 4 subpopulations of equal size with the following genotype frequencies: POP 1: POP 2: POP 3: POP 4: AA .1 .2 .1 .8 Aa .4 .5 .3 .1 aa .5 .3 .6 .1
Calculate Fst, using the frequency of the A allele. 2.

Problem Set 3 A1 A2 A3A4
Evolution A5A6
Rumplestiltskin
1. For which alleles could Rumplestiltskin be identical by descent? What is Rumplestiltskin's inbreeding coefficient? 2. A population of 10 ideal individuals breeds for 10 generations. Assuming F0 =

Problem Set 2
Evolution
1. You have a breeding population (Generation 0) of people (mostly college professors) that are all heterozygous for sesquipedalianism, a disease exhibited by homozygotes for a recessive allele. If we label the two alleles in this