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Basic Laboratory Calculations for Biotechnology


By: Lisa A Seidman

504 pages, illustrations


Paperback | Apr 2007 | #195163 | ISBN-13: 9780132238106
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This book provides students with an accessible introduction to common laboratory calculations. The book focuses on the basics, helping even students with good math skills to practice the most frequently encountered types of problems, enabling them to be much more competent with mathematics in the lab.


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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