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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
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
11. Introduction to Concentration Problems
12. Preparing Laboratory Solutions That Contain One Solute
14. Preparing Laboratory Solutions That Contain More Than One Solute
Unit III: Describing Relationships with Equations and Graphs
15. Graphing Linear Equations
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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