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300386 VO Oscillations in biological systems (2018W)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


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Language: German

Examination dates



Termine: 05.10.2018, 12.10.2018, 19.10.2018, 09.11.2018, 16.11.2018 und 23.11 (Ersatztermin: 30.11.2018) jeweils FR 10.15-12 Uhr im Seminarraum des Department für Theoretischen Biologie.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The following topics will be clarified from a theoretical point of view and illustrated by typical examples: sine and cosine oscillations, rotating circle, phase, period, frequency, wavelength, time, Fourier series, approximating oscillations, estimating Fourier coefficients, oscillators (in particluar, the harmonic oscillator), a representation of oscillations by differential equations, resonance, reversibility vs. irreversibility, wave, phase space, predator-prey relationship, parasite-host interaction, competition, hysteresis.

Assessment and permitted materials

oral examination

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The lecture should impart to advanced students basics (in particular, mathematical basics) of periodic processes to be observed in biology in large numbers

Examination topics

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