Elementary Maths For Biologists

Elementary Maths for Biologists

This page links to a collection of resources for maths skills in the life sciences. The materials are divided up into 4 modules. Click on the blue text to go to that module.

MODULE 1 Scientific Notation, Powers and Prefixes

MODULE 2 Amount and Concentration: Making and Diluting Solutions

MODULE 3 Understanding Equations: Using, Rearranging and Manipulating Equations

MODULE 4 Logarithms and Exponential Equations.

Each module contains a variety of learning materials:

Audiovisual tutorials: You will need a soundcard and possibly headphones if using this in a shared facility; please be patient - it may take a little while to download. You may find that the material loads more quickly if you use the Mozilla Firefox browser, rather than Internet Explorer.

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Textbook Pages: These are downloadable pdf files that contain written explanations.

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Diagnostic Maths Tests

There are diagnostic maths tests available for each module to help you assess your fluency in the mathematical skills required for your course. If you are from outside of the University of Cambridge or do not have a CamTools login/password you will not be able to access the tests function.

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Acknowledgements: Thanks to our collaborators and funders.