[ Click here for final grades ]

Final Exam Solution: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
(The solution may look choppy on low-resolution monitors, but it will look fine if printed out)

NJIT HONOR CODE: All Students should be aware that the Department of Mathematical Sciences takes the NJIT Honor code very seriously and enforces it strictly.  This means there must not be any forms of plagiarism, i.e., copying of homework, class projects, or lab assignments, or any form of cheating in quizzes and exams.  Under the Honor Code, students are obligated to report any such activities to the Instructor.

Mathematics 372-001:
Population Biology

Fall 2004


Wed, Fri, 1:00-2:25pm, Room: TBA


o        Instructor:  Prof. Victor Matveev

o        Office:  Room 616, Cullimore Hall

o        Phone:  973-596-5619

o        Email:  matveev@njit.edu

o       Office Hours:    Wednesdays, 2:30–5:00 PM, and by appointment



Textbook:  Alan Hastings “Population Biology: Concepts and Models” Springer-Verlag, 1997 (1st Edition), ISBN 0-387-94853-8



Grading Policy:  The final grade in this course will be determined as follows:



o        Homework:          40%

o        Midterm:             25%

o        Final Exam:          35%


Homework Policy:  Homework assignments will be given each week; homework is due by the beginning of the following class. Partial credit may be given for homework that is handed in late. While studying in a group may be useful, homework should represent individual effort. Homework copying is easy to spot, and will be treated as a violation of the honor code.

NEW: Homework Solutions:  HW#7 [ 1 , 2 , 3 ]

Class Policies:

Attendance and Participation:  Students must attend all classes. Absences from class will inhibit your ability to fully participate in class discussions and problem solving sessions and, therefore, affect your grade. Tardiness to class is very disruptive to the instructor and students and will not be tolerated.

Makeup Exam Policy: There will be no makeup exams, except in rare situations where the student has a legitimate reason for missing an exam, including illness, death in the family, accident, requirement to appear in court, etc. The student must notify the Math office and the Instructor that he/she will miss an exam. In all cases, the student must present proof for missing the exam, e.g., a doctor's note, police report, court notice, etc., clearly stating the date AND times.

Cellular Phones:  All cellular phones and beepers must be switched off during all class times.


Course Outline and Homework Assignments:


Week 1 (Sep 1, 3) – Introduction (Ch. I) and Density-Independent Population Growth (Ch. I.2)

Homework:  p. 38-39, problem 1; additional problems given in class


Week 2 (Sep 8, 10) – Density-Independent Population Growth (Ch. I.2. continued)

Homework:  p. 39, problems 2-4; additional problems given in class


Week 3 (Sep 15, 17) – Density-Independent (Ch. I.2, continued) and Density-Dependent Population Growth (Ch. I.4)

Homework:  p. 39, problems 5-6; p. 103-105, problems 1-2


Week 4 (Sep 22, 24) – Density-Dependent Population Growth (Ch. I.4, continued)

Homework:  p. 103-105, problems 3-4; additional problems given in class


Week 5 (Sep 29, Oct 1) – Density-Dependent Population Growth (Ch. I.4, continued) and Population Genetics (Ch. I.3)

Homework:  p. 103-105, problem 5; p. 75-79, problems 1-3


Week 6 (Oct 6, 8) – Population Genetics (Ch. I.3, continued)

Homework:  p. 75-79, problems 4-6; additional problems given in class


Week 7 (Oct 13, 15) – Population Genetics (Ch. I.3, continued) and Evolution of Life Histories (Ch. I.5)

Homework:  p. 75-79, problems 7-8; p. 115, problems 1-3. 


Week 8 (Oct 20) – Review for the midterm exam

Homework:  no homework assignment given this week


Midterm Exam: Wednesday October 22, 2004


Week 9 (Oct 27, 29) – Interaction Between Species (Ch. II.6)

Homework:  p. 127, problems 1-3; additional problems given in class 


Week 10 (Nov 3, 5) – Competition (Ch. II.7)

Homework:  p. 147, problems 1-2; additional problems given in class 


Week 11 (Nov 10, 12) – Competition (Ch. II.7) and Predator-Prey Interactions (Ch. II.8)

Homework:  p. 148, problem 3; p. 178, problem 1


Week 12 (Nov 17, 19) – Predator-Prey Interactions (Ch. II.8, continued)

Homework:  p. 178, problems 2-3; additional problems given in class


Week 13 (Nov 24) – Predator-Prey Interactions (Ch. II.8, continued)

Homework:  p. 178, problem 4; additional problems given in class


November 25-28: Thanksgiving Day Recess


Week 14 (Dec 1, 3) – Host-Parasitoid Interactions; Diseases and Pathogens (Ch. II.9-II.10)

Homework:  p. 188, problems 1-3; p. 199, problem 1


Week 15 (Dec 8) – Review for the final exam

Homework:  no homework assignment given this week




Prepared By: Victor Matveev

Last revised: 8/02/04