What is the BioMath Connection (BMC) Project?
BMC was a pioneering project linking biology and mathematics in the high schools. It provided an opportunity for high school teachers, writers, researchers, and others to get in on the ground floor of developing innovative classroom materials. The materials consist of 20 modules that can be flexibly adapted for use in a variety of courses at a variety of grade levels in both biology and mathematics. The project was run by DIMACS at Rutgers University in collaboration with the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) and Colorado State University (CSU).
In this module students explore the basic concepts of DNA and chromosomal inversions. The module starts with a game that introduces the idea of gene rearrangements, and then gradually leads the students through a series of improved algorithms designed to rearrange one genome into another in the least number of steps.
Biology: Genetic mutations and phylogenetic trees.
Mathematics: Mathematical algorithms and optimization.
Biology: Relationships among DNA, genes, and chromosomes.
Mathematics: Number patterns, sequences, algorithms.
This unit consists of 4 lessons and will take 5-7 class periods (45 minutes each).