Below are links to various resources for the course.


FERPA waiver
Background survey

Lecture notes

Lecture 1 Lecture 2 Lecture 3
Lecture 4 Lecture 5 Lecture 6
Lecture 7 Lecture 8 Lecture 9
Lecture 10 Lecture 11 Lecture 11 (Handout)
Lecture 12 Lecture 13 Lecture 14
Lecture 15 Lecture 16 Lecture 17
Lecture 18 Lecture 19 Lecture 20
Lecture 21 Lecture 22 Lecture 23
Lecture 24 Lecture 25 Lecture 26
Lecture 27 Lecture 28

Fibonacci sequence

Fibonacci numbers
Golden ratio
Vi Hart - Fibonacci sequence in plants - part I, part II, part III

Fourier series

Fourier series
Fourier series (animated)
Fourier series (fancy version)


Giraffes - the underestimated species, NY Times
Artiodactyl brain size evolution, see Figure 3 on page 17 and Appendix B

Wolfram Alpha
Wolfram Alpha is an online answer engine that is very useful for mathematical problems. It can solve linear equations and find eigenvalues, but also differentiate and integrate, plot functions and much more.

Wolfram Alpha Wolfram Alpha

Like Wolfram Alpha, Maple can be used for checking your solutions. At Dartmouth there is licensed software available for students. If you would like to install Maple you can follow the instructions here:

Maple Maple


MATLAB, a contraction of "matrix laboratory", is a computing environment and programming language developed by MathWorks. It can be used in a similar fashion as Maple. Dartmouth has a site license for MATLAB. You can download it here:


Bjoern Muetzel
Last updated November 12, 2019