Using normal mode analysis in teaching mathematical modeling to biology students

D. A. Kondrashov

Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena (2011)

  • Volume: 6, Issue: 6, page 278-294
  • ISSN: 0973-5348

Abstract

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Linear oscillators are used for modeling a diverse array of natural systems, for instance acoustics, materials science, and chemical spectroscopy. In this paper I describe simple models of structural interactions in biological molecules, known as elastic network models, as a useful topic for undergraduate biology instruction in mathematical modeling. These models use coupled linear oscillators to model the fluctuations of molecular structures around the equilibrium state. I present many learning activities associated with building and understanding these models, ranging from analytical to computational. I provide a number of web resources where students can obtain structural data, perform calculations, and suggest research directions for independent projects.

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Kondrashov, D. A.. "Using normal mode analysis in teaching mathematical modeling to biology students." Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena 6.6 (2011): 278-294. <http://eudml.org/doc/222280>.

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