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Making biology count: integrating mathematics into the teaching of inheritance


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Satterthwait, D ORCID: 0000-0003-4053-8289 2018 , 'Making biology count: integrating mathematics into the teaching of inheritance' , Journal of Biological Education, vol. 52, no. 1 , pp. 92-97 , doi: 10.1080/00219266.2018.1427613.

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In this paper, I explore how seamless embedding of four mathematical concepts: counting, ratio, distribution, and statistical significance, into a unit on inheritance enables students to gain a deeper insight into biological phenomena than a qualitative only approach achieves. The topic of Mendelian inheritance is used to illustrate this proposal. An introductory activity is presented that separates the specialized genetics vocabulary from the inheritance process, allowing the initial mathematical relationship to be developed and subsequently followed by the language requirements.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Satterthwait, D
Keywords: biology education, Mendelian genetics, inheritance, mathematics in biology
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Biological Education
Publisher: Inst Biology
ISSN: 0021-9266
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/00219266.2018.1427613
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Copyright 2018 Royal Society of Biology. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Biological Education on 7/02/2018, available online:

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