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re: Applications of Integral Calculus
Posted:
Feb 24, 1998 2:14 PM


A reference I have found useful is the SpringerVerlag book, Introduction to Mathematics for Life Scientists by E. Batschelet. My edition dates to 1974. I have no background in life sciences (freshman bio. sci.) but am frequently assigned a Calculus for Econ., Bio. & Behav. Sci. course. There is still very little use of the definite integral outside the obvious prob. dist. and exp. growth areas.
I just looked at the page of alumni notes in the newsletter from our Economics Dept. (we don't have a school of business.) One entire group of recent graduates responded to the department's alumni evaluation request with "Take as much mathematics as possible while you are an undergraduate!"
Dick Pilgrim  * Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 05:49:42 +1100 * From: Rex Boggs <rex@rocknet.net.au> * Subject: Applications of Integral Calculus * * Some time ago I sent an email to the apcalc list asking if anyone had * some nice realworld applications of integral calculus, outside those of * the usual physics and engineering spheres. Maybe I wasn't clear that I * would have been happy with just a general statement, eg 'Economists use * integration to .....' (though an example that I could actually give to * my students would be even better) as I didn't get a single reply. * * My main purpose was to let the students know that integration has * application in a variety of professions, and not just physics and * engineering. Unfortunately my own supply of examples is in short * supply. * * Any help in this matter would be appreciated. I am happy to compile a * list of applications and summarise them for the list. * * Cheers * * Rex



