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Maths for A Level Biology

Author(s): Dr Marianne Izen

awarding body: AQA, Pearson, OCR, WJEC, CCEA

level: A Level and AS

isbn: 978-1-908682-89-5

subject: Biology

Pages: 167pp



Written by a senior examiner and experienced author, this companion will help your students develop a thorough understanding of the essential mathematical skills required in A Level Biology. 


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Supports the core mathematical skills that have an increased relevance and importance in A Level Biology specifications

Reassuring support for students who do not have a strong maths background

Includes new content on logarithms, per cent error, Simpson index and population growth curves

Clearly explains how numerical, geometrical and statistical concepts are used in A Level Biology and post-16 biology courses and how students should approach these concepts when taking these courses and sitting their exams

Explains each mathematical concept using plenty of relevant worked examples, with advice on how to avoid common misunderstandings when making calculations

Helps students decode examination questions to find the biological question being asked and put the problem into a mathematical form to find an answer

Students are helped throughout the book with pointers, quickfire tests, worked examples and test questions from examinations.  The answers and the glossary at the back of the book help them check their progress.

The material has been mapped against the new mathematical requirements for the A Level Biology courses from AQA, Pearson, OCR, WJEC, CCEA, the International Baccalaureate and the Cambridge Pre-U




1.  Numbers
2.  Processed numbers
3.  Graphs
4.  Scale
5.  Ratios and their use in genetics
6.  The Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium
7.  Statistics

Quickfire answers
Test yourself answers
Specification map


About the author:

Dr Marianne Izen has over thirty years' experience as an A Level Biology teacher and examiner, and has provided science teacher training for schools across the UK.  Before teaching, Marianne conducted research in universities in both UK and the USA, on plant cells and published papers on their behaviour in tissue culture.  She is principal examiner for a major awarding body.