I talk about ‘science maths’ all the time, but what do I mean by it? Sometimes I call it ‘maths for the biosciences’ or ‘maths for bioscientists’. (Or I could say ‘science math’, ‘math for the biosciences’ or ‘math for bioscientists’).
Well, in biology and chemistry you need some maths to work out concentrations, dilutions, and a bunch of other stuff. And it can be a struggle, and over the years I have found when working with students that the secret to understanding the maths is not remembering the formula, but to understand the underlying principles so that any ‘formula’ needed can be derived, and to practice, practice, practice doing the maths.
The website – Maths4Biosciences – provides a site that can be used to practice the maths again, and again, and again, as the site contains potentially thousands of possible calculations for you to try (all with a ton of feedback). If you go to the Maths4Biosciences Courses site you will find some courses to help you gain further understanding:
- Introduction to Maths4Biosciences
- Maths and Chemistry Refresher
- Moles and Molarity
- Calculating Percentage Solutions
Why is maths important in biology and chemistry
An understanding of maths, moles, molarity, dilutions etc. is very important in biology and chemistry, and I think my best attempt at summing up this importance can be seen in the slide stack below: