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Basic Laboratory Calculations for Biotechnology, 1st edition

  • Lisa A. Seidman

Published by Pearson (April 18th 2007) - Copyright © 2008

1st edition

Basic Laboratory Calculations for Biotechnology

ISBN-13: 9780132238106

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To succeed in the lab, it is crucial to be comfortable with the math calculations that are part of everyday work. This accessible introduction to common laboratory techniques focuses on the basics, helping even readers with good math skills to practice the most frequently encountered types of problems. 


KEY TOPICS: Discusses very common laboratory problems, all applied to real situations. Explores multiple strategies for solving problems for a better understanding of the underlying math. Includes hundreds of practice problems, all with solutions and many with boxed, complete explanations; plus hundreds of “story problems” relating to real situations in the lab.


 MARKET: A useful review for biotechnology laboratory professionals.

Table of contents

Unit I: Brief Review of Some Basic Math Techniques

1. Exponents and Scientific Notation

2. Logarithms

3. Units of Measurement

4. Measurements and Significant Figures

5. Using Equations to Describe a Relationship


Unit II: Applications of Proportional Relationships in the Biology Laboratory

6. Ratios and Proportions

7. Unit Conversions

8. Density

9. Dosages

10. Percents

11. Introduction to Concentration Problems

12. Preparing Laboratory Solutions That Contain One Solute

13. Dilutions

14. Preparing Laboratory Solutions That Contain More Than One Solute


Unit III: Describing Relationships with Equations and Graphs

15. Graphing Linear Equations

16. Spectrophotometry

17. Graphing Exponential Equations


Unit IV: Introduction to Descriptive Statistics

18. Measures of Central Tendency

19. Measures of Dispersion

20. Graphical Methods of Describing Data


Unit V. Biotechnology Applications

21. Calculations Relating to Animal Cell Culture

22. Amount and Concentration of Nucleic Acids

23. Calculations Relating to Common Molecular Biology Techniques

24. The Polymerase Chain Reaction

25. Calculations Relating to Protein Purification and Analysis

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