Date of Award
Master of Mathematics (MMath)
Mathematics and Statistics
James A. Powell
Students rarely receive the opportunity to experience a learning activity involving mathematical modeling. This paper describes a lab in which students in an Applied Mathematics in Biology course observe the growth of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a yeast strain, in differing sugar concentrations for use in learning modeling. They parameterized the logistic equation and an alternate model, which they themselves constructed, based on the data they collected. I participated in this lab as a student in 2012 then observed and reviewed the work of other students involved. I found that students gained a deeper understanding of limiting factors and the role of parameter values in a model. Creative approaches were applied and problem solving skills refined as students exposed themselves to the modeling process. Student results and methodology are discussed.
Caldwell, Alicia, "Students Rise to the Challenge of Modeling Yeast Growth Despite Sour Hiccups from Imperfect Data" (2013). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 330.