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MA130: Viruses: Mathematical Modeling of Epidemics

The modern understanding of epidemics and viral infections has been greatly assisted by mathematics. Mathematical models have provided insights into why some viruses cause large outbreaks, while others become endemic. Mathematical biologists have helped unravel mysteries about immune responses, progression to AIDS, and antiviral drug treatment strategies. The second block of this course will study mathematical models of epidemics and virus dynamics. We will use tools from differential calculus, so the class will include a review of key concepts from calculus 1. The course will conclude with students carrying out an original research project using mathematical models to investigate questions about virus dynamics.