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Dynamics of Biological Systems, Chapter 1: Application of Engineering Science Principles to Biological Systems

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Chapter 1, Pages 1.1-1.38 (doi:10.13031/2013.34916) in Chapter 1, pp. 1.1-1.38 . Copyright 2003 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Mich.
Authors:   John S. Cundiff and Kyle R. Mankin
Keywords:   Headings. 1.1 Introduction, 1.2 Review of First-Order Differential Equations, 1.2.1 Simplified Population Growth Model, 1.2.2 Simplified Carbon-Flow Model, Modeling Problem 1.1 Solution of a Non-linear Differential Equation, Assignment, Modeling Problem 1.2 Nitrogen Accumulation in "Helleri" Holly, 1.3 Review of Conservation of Mass for a Control Volume, 1.3.1 Definitions, 1.3.2 Conservation of Mass

First paragraphs. Many engineering students suffer through their basic course work (math, physics, biology, chemistry) with the recurring thought, "When am I going to see the relevance of all this to real engineering work?" The engineering sciences (e.g., thermodynamics, fluid mechanics) begin to reveal how some of these basic courses apply to our day-to-day lives (the heat pump in our home, the engine in our car). This chapter will begin, or perhaps continue, the process of applying these concepts to biological systems.

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