The homework problem sets for Biology 3550 will be posted here.

Each problem set will be scored for a total of 50 points. This average of the problem-set scores will represent 30% of the total score for the class.

Problem sets will be accepted up to 5 days after the due date, but the score will be reduced by 10 points for each day that it is late.

Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by fighting back.

Piet Hein (or maybe Paul Erdos)

Problem Set 1: Due Tuesday, 4 Sept, by 11:59 PM.

Problem Set 2: Due Monday, 24Sept., by 11:59 P.M.

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  • Please be sure to read and follow the guidelines for doing these calculations and submitting your work, and let me know if you have any questions.
  • This problem set requires a good deal of calculation and graphing. This work can be done using a spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel, or more specialized software for analying and graphing scientific data, such as SciDAVis. SciDAVis is a free, open-sourch program that is quite capable, though the user interface is not quite so polished as those in some commercial programs. I have written a short tutorial for using SciDAVis, which can downloaded here. Links to the SciDAVis download page can be found in the problem set.

Problem Set 3: Due Friday, 19 October.

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  • We will not get to all of the material covered in this problem set until after the mid-term exam and fall break. But, we will cover the material for problems 1 and 2 before the mid-term exam, and working on these problems is highly recommended as preparation for the exam!
  • The original version of Problem Set 3 posted here contained an accidental omission in Problem 2(c). This has been corrected. I apologize for the confusion and last-minute correction.

Problem Set 4: due 11:59 PM, Friday, 9 November.

Problem Set 5: due 11:59 PM, Tuesday, 27 November.