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Ciência & Educação (Bauru)

versión impresa ISSN 1516-7313versión On-line ISSN 1980-850X

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KATO, Lilian Akemi  y  BELLINI, Marta. Attribution of biological meanings to variables of logistic equation: applying Calculus to Biology. Ciênc. educ. (Bauru) [online]. 2009, vol.15, n.1, pp.175-188. ISSN 1516-7313.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-73132009000100011.

A methodological proposal for the teaching of Calculus in Biology courses is suggested. It would highlight the attribution of biological meanings to variables and parameters in mathematical models within the study of population dynamics. Logistic equations have been used as a mathematical model that characterizes several types of population growth and other complexities of the biological phenomenon which may be better explained through mathematical concepts related to Differential Calculus. Relationship between Calculus and Biology may contribute towards the comprehension of complex biological phenomena that may be explained through simple mathematical equations.

Palabras clave : Calculus; Biology; Differential equation; Logistic equation.

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